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Review: Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis Skincare – GlamSense

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Looking for a flawless complexion? This beauty ritual may be able to help you with that!

I don’t often receive pretty packages in the mail so when this arrived, it took me completely by surprise! It was such a surprise to learn that I was chosen for the Roger & Gallet GlamSense campaign. If I can recall correctly, I had a tough day so this sure put a smile on my face! I mean, who doesn’t love getting mail, honestly? 🙂 (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!) 

 

glamsense roger & gallet aura mirabilis

 

glamsense roger & gallet aura mirabilis

 

From what I have seen on social media, there were a number of different boxes that were sent out. I received Box 1 which contained the Roger & Gallet Le Soin Aura Mirabilis beauty ritual. 

This range contains four products which uses a natural remedy called Aura Mirabilis. This remedy was created nearly 300 years ago by monks and was meant to be used for a number of ailents. It contains 18 distilled officinal plants selected for their healing properties. Roger & Gallet now own this formula. 🙂

 

(Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

 

The plants found in this product includes sandalwood, geranium, neroli, green mandarin, citronelle, magnolia, lemon zest, thyme, lavendin, damask rose, bitter orange leaf, bergamot, sweet orange, lemongrass, lavender, palmarosa, may change and rosemary.

The ritual has four products and four steps:

  1. Detoxify using the Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask
    Suitable for sensitive skin, this can be used as a mask or a cleanser. It removes make up and once water comes into contact with it, it turns into virginal milk which detoxifies the skin. (Virginal milk is what was used in the 18th Century to conserve porcelain skin.) This cleanser has a gel consistency and has a very pleasant scent. It smells floral but it is not overpowering at all! I am not a fan of floral scents but found that I really liked the scent. After using this cleanser, I found my skin was left very soft and it wasn’t drying. I enjoyed this cleanser. I will have to try it as a mask one day!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  2. Refine using Beauty Vinegar
    If you are like me, you are probably raising an eyebrow right now. What on Earth is “Beauty Vinegar”? In the 18th Century, cleansing vinegars made from flowers, fruits or spices were used for cleansing and preserving your skin’s complexion. Well to answer the question of “what is it?”, Beauty Vinegar is used as a toner. I found that using a cotton pad was the easiest way to apply it to my face. The scent is, again, very pleasant – there’s nothing “vinegar” about it! I also found it to be very gentle on my skin. A few benefits of this product is that it removes pollution residue and traces of makeup, smooths skin and clarifies your complexion and it refines skin texture and tightens pores.

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  3. Restore with Double-Extract
    This is an essence or serum used after toning but before applying moisturizer. This is an ultra-concentrated serum and helps visibly reduce the signs of aging and wrinkles to help reveal radiant skin. Other benefits include correcting irregularities, restoring skin’s barrier and protecting against external aggressors and helps keep skin radiant and hydrated. Smells wonderful (again!) and applies very nicely. It absorbs ever so quickly and isn’t sticky or leaves a residue. The bottle is unique too – due to an innovative pre-dosing system, when you shake the bottle, the right amount of serum is dispensed. It’s just enough for your face and neck and you’re not wasting any product. Good stuff!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

  4. Renew with Legendary Cream
    The moisturizing step in the ritual. This moisturizer is said to even skin complexion and protect against aging, illuminate skin complexion and renews skin, invigorating skin cells acting against signs of dehydration and discomfort. It’s a very nice cream, very light and quick to absorb in your skin. Plus, like the other products, it smells very nice! After using this moisturizer cream, my skin is left feeling soft and smooth. It’s such a luxurious cream!

    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)
    (Seriously,  though. How pretty is this box? It has Eiffel Towers all over it!)

When it comes to skincare, I like to test products for a few weeks before reviewing them but being on vacation when I first received this prevented me from doing that. With the limited time I had to use these products before providing my reviews to GlamSense, I got a feel for each product.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Aura Mirabilis skincare line, especially the serum and moisturizer. I already use a skincare regimen that contains a cleanser, toner, serum and moisturizer so it was easy for me to incorporate in my morning and evening routine. 🙂

For me, I will continue to use these products. I would repurchase one or all of these products because I really like them! 

Thank you GlamSense for letting me try these products! I have discovered some new favourites! 🙂

Have you tried any products from Roger & Gallet? Thoughts?

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Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by GlamSense for free to try out and review. All thoughts and opinions stated in this product review are mine and mine alone.

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Unboxing + Review: ipsy November 2016 Rockstarlet

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice holiday season. It’s a busy time for sure!

I received my November ipsy weeks ago but it was right before vacation and I was SUPER busy during that time that I didn’t get a chance to write my unboxing post yet!

For those of you who are not familar with this subscription, ipsy is a monthly beauty bag based out of the US but is also available to Canadians. It is $10.00 USD  a month in the US and $10.00 USD + $4.00 USD shipping for Canadians. You get a mix of skincare, makeup and haircare deluxe and full sized products. And you get a different style of bag each month. If you are interested in trying this subscription, please use my link – much appreciated!

November’s ipsy bag’s theme was Rockstarlet. The bag itself is very unique and shows constellations in the shape of various makeup and beauty items. So cute! I love stars so this was perfect for me. 🙂 It comes in two colorways – gold and silver constellations on the deep navy blue –  and I ended up with gold. I would have been happy with either!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

The items, on the other hand, were very hit or miss for me this month. More hits than misses, though, so that was good! Let’s see what came in my November glam bag.

The first thing I received was the Ciate Liquid Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick in Diva ($7.00 CAD, 2 ml). Blue-toned red shades don’t work for me.  I’ve tried many times now and I just can’t pull it off! So unfortunately, it’s a pass. I didn’t even want to open it to see how the consistency and feel was because I knew right away that this was going to be passed on to someone who will use it. I do see that there are other shades that I think I would prefer so I may have to try this another time.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

Next up is the Luxie Beauty Rose Gold Small Duo Fiber Brush (524T) ($16.08 USD). This is the travel sized version of their 524 brush. Luxie is one of my favorite brush brands so I was very happy to see this! This small duo fiber brush will be great for foudation, setting powder, cream blushes… you name it! This is very much a versatile brush that can be used with many different products in many different ways. I love this!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

I also received a deluxe sample of the pur~lisse Blue Lotus Balancing Moisturizer ($16.50 USD, 15 ml). I love getting moisturizers during this time of year because we have SUCH dry winters in Alberta! Any moisture helps! I have also really enjoyed other products I have tried from this brand so this looks promising to me. I love how it is said to provide hydration and prevents fine lines and wrinkles… you cannot go wrong with that at all! Looking forward to trying this one out!

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

My fourth item was the ‘Tini Beauty Eyetini Eyeshadow in the shade “Firestarter” ($13.00 USD, 1.6 g). What a gorgeous colour! The shade Firestarter is described as a “burnished amber chrome”.  It is nicely pigmented and I do like it. I also have a soft spot for duochrome eyeshadows. 😉

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

And the last item was the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara ($15.00 CAD, 4.8 g). This travel sized mascara is a great value item to receive in this bag! While this mascara doesn’t quite work for me – I turn into a racoon by the end of the day as this seems to always smudge under my eyes for some reason! – I know that it does work for others so this would be a great score in one’s bag! In my case, I will be passing on this.

 

ipsy glam bag november 2016

 

There was excellent value in this bag and the items I received were all from great brands! The overall value of my November ipsy glam bag came out to around $82.79 CAD (based on today’s exchange rate) so that’s great to see. This was definitely a hit or miss bag for me and I only like three out of the five items but it’s still worth it to me! The mascara and liquid lipstick will find a great home, I’m sure!

What was your favorite item from the November ipsy glam bag?

Hope you all have an amazing week!

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post contains referral links.

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Unboxing: Topbox October 2016 + $10 Beauty Surprise

topbox october 2016

 

After how amazing September’s Topbox was, I wasn’t sure what to expect for my October Topbox. I was hoping that it would be just as amazing! However, I am not sure if lived up to it compared to my September Topbox. And I decided to get one of the $10 Beauty Surprises. I’ve had good luck in the past so I thought I would give it a go. Upon unboxing (unbagging from the organza bag?) it, these are the items I found:

  • Ciate London Nail Polish in Mural Moment – 13.5 ml (full size), $15.00 CAD – This is one of Ciate’s Mosaic Collection of nail polishes. It was inspired by the mosaic murals you can find in the subway tunnels of New York City. It has light blue, mid blue and pink confetti “mosaic tiles”. It’s a neat concept and I love the colours but this one just wasn’t for me. Passing this on, I think.
  • Dr. Roebucks PURE Ultra Moisturizer – 20 ml, $10.99 CAD – I really can’t say no to moisturizers during these drier winter months! I have never tried Dr. Roebucks products but have seen them around at Shoppers Drug Mart. This is a more natural product, free of parabens and BPA, in 100% recyclable packaging. I will give this one a try.
  • Eyeko London Fat Eye Stick in Smoky – 4 g, $12.00 USD – I don’t often do smoky eyes and black eyeshadows are just not my thing. I can count the number of times I have used a black eyeshadow on one hand! I also couldn’t find this on Eyeko’s site so I’m wondering if this has been discontinued. I will likely be passing on this one, as well.
  • Harvey Prince Organics Keravegan Hair Masque – 30 ml, $4.02 CAD – I only know the Harvey Prince brand because of their fragrances and body products so the fact that they also make organic hair products was news to me! It smells really nice! It is also paraben and sulfate free which is great. I like to use hair masks at least once a week so this will likely make it into my rotation once my current hair mask product gets used up.

So I am pretty split on what was in my October Topbox. Two pluses and two minuses.

Overall, the value of my box was around $46.09 CAD which is not bad for a $12 box. The value is there.. I just wish I liked more products! Continuing my subscription is still up for debate. I will stay on for November to see what I get and make a decision then.

Oh wait! Before I forget, I did order one $10 Beauty Surprise. I received a bottle of Pure Grace fragrance from Philosophy (60 ml, $60.00 CAD). While I think the value is there (it was about 83% off the retail price), this scent just isn’t for me. It’s more of a musk and I’m more of a vanilla based gal when it comes to fragrance. I took a gamble and loss this time! But honestly, this is a good value $10 Beauty Surprise this time so I am sure there are others out there who received this and was super happy about it! It is just that fragrances are such a personal thing – they don’t work for everyone.

Still catching up to what I wasn’t able to get to before and during my vacation in Hawaii! I have finally finished my October subscription box posts with my ipsy post and this one. Next up, I will be posting my November unboxing and reviews! Stay tuned!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone! And if you are in Alberta, stay warm on this cold, cold day!

ipsy august 2016

PS – More Unboxing pics are below! xo

Disclaimer: I pay for this subscription with my own money.  All opinions are mine and mine alone. This post does not contain referral links.

 

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Unboxing + Review: FabFitFun Fall 2016

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

It has been a year since I last subbed to Fab Fit Fun. I hadn’t seen much in the spoilers that I was really that interested in… until now!

The spoilers for the Fab Fit Fun box for Fall 2016 were just so hard to say no to! One spoiler after another, as they were released, were making it harder and harder to not resubscribe. There are so many items that I just love in the fall box! It is so jam packed with amazing things! Plus, the box is so adorable and depicts the colouring craze perfectly!

Fab Fit Fun is a seasonal lifestyle subscription box based in the US. You will receive four boxes a year. The box costs $49.99 USD and it is an additional $8 USD to ship to Canada. It is a pricier subscription but it is seasonal and you only get four of them per year and each box has a value that is well over $200.00 USD so if you see that the spoilers are items you would like, it’s totally worth it! If you would like to try this subscription out, I would very much appreciate it if you use my referral link here.

I couldn’t wait to get this box! There’s a lot to cover so let’s get started. 🙂

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably noticed there’s a big adult colouring craze is happening now! Adult colouring books are everywhere! I’ve seen a ton of them at Chapters and at Costco. Heck, I own a couple of them myself. The first two items I received in my Fall box goes along with this trend. I received a  FabFitFun Colouring Book and a set of six coloured pencils ($14.00 USD). I received the Things Colouring Book (the other one that was available was Nature) and it’s a book full of random things and objects. I love colouring books! I loved colouring as a child and I love it now. They really are a type of therapy and does reduce stress and anxiety. When I’m colouring, I’m feeling very zen! The problem I seem to stumble  upon, though, is finding time to colour. Gotta make some time for it, I guess. 🙂 Oh, and don’t forget to use those pencil crayons to colour the Fall box, too!

 

fab fit fun fall 2016

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

Next up is one of the real stars of this box – this ModCloth Loch and Key Scarf ($34.99 USD) is amazing! Blanket scarves are in this season so Fab Fit Fun got it right by including one in their Fall box. The one I received is in the black and white colourway. Quite honestly, I would have been happy with any one of the four colourways! The ModCloth blanket scarf is super soft, light and comfy! There are a number of ways you can wear it, too. You can use it as a scarf, you can make it into a poncho. I know I will be wearing mine through the fall and well into winter, I’m sure. I’ll be using it as a scarf and a blanket. Plus, it will be great to take on the plane in case you get chilly. Multipurpose items are always a great thing – so practical!

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

 

The good stuff just keeps on coming! How adorable is this To-Go Coffee Mug from The Created Co ($19.00 USD)? I love it! I received the “Good Morning Gorgeous” one and it is perfect! You can use it with coffee or water even. Such a fun travel mug with an amazing, empowering message on it! The gold text on black mug looks sleek and gorgeous. If this doesn’t brighten up your morning, I don’t know what will!

 

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The next item I received is something that smells wonderful. Well, to me it does because I love lavender scents. I just find it so soothing! The Mullein & Sparrow Mini French Lavender Body Oil ($18.00 USD) is a great addition to this box. Not only does it have moisturizing properties when used on your skin, the scent just makes me feel zen. I need to check out the lasting power of this body oil… if I can put it on in the morning and have it help me feel a bit more zen through the busier, more stressful days at work, that would be great! 😉

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

Now, how did FabFitFun know that I needed a new brow gel? The BrowGal Clear, Water-Resistant Eyebrow Gel ($20.00 USD) came at the perfect time! I am just about out of the clear brow gel that I have now. I like using brow gels just to keep my brows staying put. Sometimes brows get a bit crazy too! I have not heard of this brand before so I’m looking forward to trying it.

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

This next product intrigues me. The Spongelle Bulgarian Rose Body Wash Infused Buffer ($16.00 USD) is something I’ve never seen before. It’s a hypoallergenic sponge that has a time released lather… that’s new to me! Very innovative, if that is the case. It does have a very strong scent, though, and I’ve always been iffy about rose scents, so I’m not sure if I will use this or pass it on to a friend.

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

The Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection Eyeshadow Palette ($50.00 USD) looks pretty familar to me… it looks like a dupe for my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! The colours look very similar and all the shades are very wearable, from day to night. I haven’t swatched this because I’m not sure if I’m keeping it yet due to owning Naked 2. But one thing I can see is that this may be more “natural” than my UD palette so that’s a nice option for those who prefer natural products. Either way, this is a big value item in a sub box. Can’t go wrong with that, really… and if you don’t own the Naked 2 palette, then this looks like a great dupe!

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

This next one will surely come in handy next time I decide to do some yoga. Toesox Toeless Fitness Socks ($18.00 USD)! I can tell you right now that the grips on the bottom of these socks are great! No slip! At all! It takes a bit of getting used to putting it on and then having your toes not be covered like your typical sock. But hey, these socks serve a purpose and the pink colour is so fun!

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

One more product to go! The Skin Laundry Restoring Night Serum ($50.00 USD) is to be used at night, before you go to bed. It contains powerful antioxidants, vitamins, natural extracts and amino acid. This helps skin texture, firmness and elasticity while you get some rest. I have been using it for a few days so far and I really like it! It’s very light, not sticky at all and feels nice on my skin.

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

The next two products are the bonuses… and even though they’re bonuses, they are super useful items!

The first one is Cottonelle Fresh Care Flushable Cleansing Cloths (Sponsored Item). I’ll admit it – these are practical! And how adorable is that packaging! We do already use this product and really like it so this was a nice bonus.

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

And last but not least, I received a deluxe sample of Secret Outlast Xtend Clear Gel (Sponsored Item). Quite glad I received this because I adore Secret Clear Gels! They are my fave antiperspirant/deodorant product ever. EVER. So this will get used for sure!

 

fabfitfun fall 2016

 

Overall, my Fall 2016 FabFitFun box was a hit! I am very happy with it! My fave item has got to be the blanket scarf, though! Out of the 11 products I received – nine of which were the actual box contents plus two sponsored items – I will be using pretty much everything except maybe the Spongelle sponge and Pure Cosmetics palette. And really, the only reason why I may not use the palette is because I already own and use something similar. Such amazing value at $239.99 USD! And don’t forget to check out the Exclusive Offers card for discounts from seven of the brands featured in the Fall box. 🙂

Again, if you’d like to try this subscription out, i would really appreciate if you used my referral link.

What did you think of the Fall 2016 FabFitFun box? What was your fave item?

ipsy august 2016

Disclaimer: I purchased this subscription box with my own money. There are referral links in this post.

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June Favorites 2016

Another month has gone by! We are well into July already and only now am I putting together my June faves. I must say, though… it was difficult to keep my faves to only a select few! I had quite a few faves in June! However, I’ve decided to save a couple for my July post. 😉

This month I’m mixing things up a bit with my faves. I will write about my beauty favorites – as usual – but I also have a bonus fave this month. Since there’s quite a bit to go through, let’s get started!

My first June favorite is the Annabelle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads. This has been a fave since… gosh, I don’t even know! At least for the last year. This is my third jar and there are only two remover pads left in it. I already have a backup for when this runs out! Quite honestly, I’m surprised I’ve never really written about this before! This is probably my biggest “unsung hero” product. 😉

 

Annabelle Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover Pads

 

Removing my eye makeup has been effortless and quick since I started using this… it even removes mascara and waterproof eyeliner so easily! There is a smooth side and a patterned side on the pad. I love that’s it’s oil free so it doesn’t feel greasy at all and when I do have eyelash extensions (usually around when I am going on holiday somewhere hot) it’s perfect because you’re only supposed to use oil free products to make sure your lashes last as long as possible! I also wear contacts and these do not bother or irritate them at all. This stuff is great!

 

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My next fave is the Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer in the shade 07 Sand. This foundation is love! Why? Well, let’s summarize:

  • It has a pump! This is huge for me. I always complain when there isn’t a pump because it gets messy! So a pump is a huge plus!
  • There are 14 shade choices – not many drugstore foundations have this much choice!
  • Feels nice on my skin. It’s not heavy or greasy. It just feels lightweight. And it’s waterproof and sweatproof to boot! And last but not least…
  • It’s a dual purpose product. I don’t need a separate concealer when I use this foundation.

There are so many positives! The one big negative, though, is that I haven’t seen this in stores in Canada yet. I sure hope it comes one day!

For more about my experience with this foundation, along with swatches and looks, you can read my in depth review of this product here.

 

Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

 

Okay.. what’s next? Oh yes! The Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black… straight from Japan! I had heard about this liquid liner from various sources in the last few years… YouTube, beauty blogs, etc… and I’ve always wanted to try it. Thanks to a Facebook friend who had a friend visiting her from Japan, they were nice enough to pick one up for me! I’m still ever so thankful because I’m super impressed with this eyeliner!

As you may know, I use the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. The Dolly Wink one is very similar.. but for some reason, the brush seems a lot easier for me to use. I’m not entirely sure why. I don’t want to go too in depth here because I will be writing a review about it soon but let’s just say that it’s a rich black with awesome staying power that’s really easy to apply! All great things when you’re looking at a liquid liner. 🙂

 

Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner

 

Now that it’s summer, sunscreen is an important part of my skincare regime. Last year, ChickAdvisor sent me a tube of Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 sunscreen to try out and review on their site. It quickly became a favorite then and I continue to use it now.

Because it’s for sensitive skin, it’s the perfect sunscreen for my face. It is free of dyes, oils, alcohol and fragrance and is non-acnegenic. It is pretty thin in consistency so it feels light on my skin. Upon application, it is very white but it’s super easy to rub in and once you rub it in, it’s no longer white. I actually like that it’s white because it helps me keep track of where I have applied the sunscreen. It’s an SPF 50 suncscreen so it’s more than enough protection for day to day. I use this daily after I apply serum and moisturizer. And at the end of the day, for just under $8 CAN at Walmart, this is a great product for an affordable price!

 

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50

 

Well, that’s it for the beauty favorites!

For my bonus favorite this month, I’ve chosen an accessory – I am in love with the Carefree Bracelet from Color By Amber! It’s made with wooden beads and have two dangling charms made with the Feather interlayer. The Feather interlayer is probably one of my faves!

 

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet

 

What I love the most about this bracelet is that it goes with everything! Regardless of what clothes I am wearing or  what colors my clothes are, this will match it. It looks great on it’s own but I love pairing it with skinnies! This bracelet (and the skinnies) are so light and comfortable to wear and is a versatile piece that I can wear with anything and everything! You really can’t go wrong with it!

 

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet

Color By Amber Carefree Bracelet with Skinnies

 

So there you go, all of my June faves! What were you lovin’ this month? Share in the comments below! 🙂

xoxo

Disclaimer: I purchased everything mentioned in this post with my own money. The only exception is the Coppertone Sensitive Skin Faces SPF 50 sunscreen which I received for free from ChickAdvisor in exchange for my honest opinion.