A few weeks ago, I entered a giveaway contest by Eco Diva Beauty. (If you haven’t heard of them, PLEASE click on the link and check out their site. They’ve got all kinds of great skin products)
The giveaway was for a 1 Liter size bkr water bottle.
I hadn’t heard of bkr before, but I loved the look of the bottles right away. More importantly, I loved that it was a glass bottle, free of any unnecessary chemicals that we sometimes find in plastic water bottles.
So, I entered the context and lo and behold, I won!! Yahoo! THANK YOU Eco Diva Beauty!
My black bkr
I’ve been using this as my main water bottle at work for the past two weeks. I wasn’t quite sure how I’d feel about carrying a 1L bottle around with me. To my surprise, it hasn’t even been an issue. Here’s what I love:
The bkr is made of glass. No need to get a paraben-free one…they are all paraben free!
The silicone sleeve is so easy to slip on and off for cleaning.
The silicone sleeve dresses up the bottle, makes it easy to grip, and protects it from breaking.
The cap/handle — it’s genius! The cap is a simple screw top that makes a great seal. The handle is perfect for carrying a full bottle around by a few fingers. I love it.
My bkr – This is the funky cap/handle that functions perfectly
There’s just one more thing that I love about this water bottle. It holds a full liter of water and I have found myself drinking way more water than before. Staying hydrated by drinking lots of water is the best thing you can do for your skin!
Here’s one last shot of my beautiful bkr. (And yes, that’s my son in the background!)
During the month of February, I tried out another set of skin care products.
This set was given to me as a gift to enjoy and not necessarily for a review. Overall, I’ve enjoyed the products, so I thought I’d put together a review for you.
The brand is Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. Her tag line is organic, natural, and wild-crafted. Seriously, how could you resist a tag line that has the words “wild-crafted” in it?
I had three products to try out. The first was the Aloe-herb Facial Cleanser. The second was a Neroli Toning Mist and third, the Herbal Facial Oil. I used the cleanser and the oil every morning and every night. I used the toner less often, probably once every couple of days.
Annmarie Gianni – Cleanser, Toner and Moisturizer
Each of these products has a fairly strong scent. I was not surprised, given the “wild-crafted” theme. The scents are herbal and last for a few minutes. However, even with the strong scents, I didn’t notice them for long. For the record, they aren’t unpleasant.
Aloe-herb Facial Cleanser
This cleanser has the consistency of a thin lotion. I experimented with different amounts and eventually settled on using two pumps each time I washed my face. As you can see from the photo, two pumps from the bottle is not too much in my hand. The cleanser does not foam up at all. Rather, it coated my skin with a thin film until I washed it off. I always find non-foaming cleanser and soaps to be a little deceiving. I was brought up thinking that foam and suds were signs of effectiveness. The cleanser washes off very easily, leaving skin clean, despite the lack of suds.
Aloe-Herb Facial Cleanser
Neroli Toning Mist
This toner has a citrus scent, which I love. I ended using a couple of sprays each time and I found that it was enough to cover my skin well. It’s light and refreshing. It also never caused my skin to break out!
Herbal Facial Oil
I’ve used many face oils in the past couple of years. I went so far as to start making my own, which I have come to love. This oil worked fairly well for me. I found it to be a little on the thick side, so I used a scant single pump each time. I found that any more than that was too much for my skin and I would end up feeling like I had greasy skin. Again, the scent is on the strong side, but pleasant.
Herbal Facial Oil
Like I said earlier, I like the set overall. My preference would be to have a slightly thicker cleanser and a slightly thinner oil. I think that would work a bit better for my skin. Having said that, I had clean and moist skin all month while I was trying this out. Perhaps it’s time for me to break out of my norms and get used to something new!
The cleanser and the facial oil are both housed in dark glass bottles with pumps. The dark glass (Miron Violet Glass) helps to protect the oils. When I originally opened up the gift bag, I noticed that there was a little mesh bag of fresh lavender included. It’s a lovely touch to the presentation of the products.
The entire Annmarie Gianni Skin Care line is made with natural, organic and wild crafted ingredients. The ingredient list for the cleanser was included right on the bottle. Here’s the list:
Love, aloe vera juice infused with (Lavender flowers, calendula flower, life everlasting flowers, hyssop, lemon balm, neem leaf, olive leaf, plantago leaf), coconut oil, cocoglucoside (coconut oil & glycerin), vegetable glycerin; aspen bark extract; ruby grapefruit oil, lemon oil, green mandarin oil, xanthan gym, rosemary oleoresin
I love that the first ingredient is Love! I also love that the she explains right on the bottle what things like cocoglucoside are. I always take a lot of comfort in knowing what I’m putting on my skin and this list of ingredients helps with that.
Aloe-herb facial Cleanser Ingredient List
The sample of the toning mist was simple too small for an ingredient list. A quick look at the website told me everything I needed to know about the toner. It has a total of two ingredients, Love and pure organic neroli distillate. That’s my kind of ingredient list!
The facial oil didn’t have an ingredient list on the bottle, which I found disappointing. However, I suspect it’s an issue of space on the label. I found the full ingredient list on the website:
Love, herb oil (grapeseed oil, life everlasting, green tea, gotu kola, rosemary, calendula, lavender, milk thistle, lemon balm, licorice root, roobibos, hibiscus, rhodiola, gingko, plantain, amla, ashwaghanda, acai, goji berry, horsetail, comfrey leaves, comfrey root, rose petal, echinacea, ginseng, lotus, boswellia, blue violet), fractionated coconut oil, oleic sunflower oil, olive oil, aloe vera oil, passion fruit oil, tamanu oil, carrot seed oil, vitamin E tocopherols, evening primrose extract, seabuckthorn berry extract, red raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, rosehip extract, calendula extract, buriti fruit oil, sandalwood oil, jasmine sambac oil, bergamot oil, blue chamomile oil, rosemary oleoresin. Organic or Wildcrafted.
With each of these products, a little goes a really long way. For that reason, they will each last a long time. I can’t get a great feel of exactly how much I’ve used in the past month, mainly because the Miron Violet Glass is so dark!
The Facial Cleanser is the more economical choice, if you’re looking for a deal. For about $25, you can get a 50 mL bottle. I imagine that bottle would last a few months. The Facial Oil, on the other hand, is a bit more pricey at about $35 for only 15 mL. Though I only used one pump at a time of the facial oil, I find the price quite a bit more than for the cleanser. And having said all of that, my personal opinion is that these products are priced within a reasonable range.
For what you pay, you are getting an effective product that is made with natural ingredients, free from all unnecessary chemicals. Knowing that I’m using safe cosmetics on my skin goes a long way in my books.
If you’re looking for skin care products that are free of unnecessary chemicals, this is definitely a set to try out. You need to be willing to accept a different texture for the cleanser. If you can get past that, this might just work for you. I would definitely recommend giving it a try!
For the month of January, I have been using a whole new set of skin care products. It’s the Evande Skin Care Set. This set was sent to me free of charge. In return, I’ve been using it religiously so that I could provide you all with my personal review of the set.
The scent of any skin care product is really important to me. I have to like it or I simply won’t use it.
The scent of the Evande set reminds me of a light baby powder. It’s a very feminine and delicate scent. I love the way it smells when I put it on. I also love that I catch a whiff of it every once in a while throughout the day.
Each of the products in the set has the same scent, so they work really well together.
Evande Cleanser and Make-Up Remover
The soap-free cleanser is light and creamy all at the same time. It works well as a makeup remover. The hardest makeup I had to remove was some lipstick that had lasted beyond its best before date. It was very sticky on my lips and felt horrible. A dab of the cleanser/makeup remover allowed me to wipe it off in one swipe. So yes, it works as a makeup remover.
As a cleanser, it is gentle on my skin. After I’m done using it, my skin feels clean without that dreaded squeaky clean feeling. My skin doesn’t feel dry afterwards, either.
Evande Alcohol-Free Pore Minimizing Toner
This is the only toner I’ve ever been able to use without breaking out. In fact, I had all but given up on toners until I received this set to try. I figured I had to give it a try in order to do a complete review. To my surprise, my skin didn’t react poorly at all. I love spraying this toner on my face and neck after cleansing. It seems like such a lovely way to ensure my skin stays moist. I am totally hooked.
Evande Face and Neck Moisturizer
The moisturizer is light. I just need a little bit for my face and neck, especially after the toner. It leaves my skin well-balanced and hydrated, but not greasy or feeling heavy.
Evande Face and Neck Moisturizer
This skin care set has served me well for a whole month. It’s been cold and dry for most of the month and my skin has been well hydrated throughout. The cleanser is gentle and the moisturizer is nourishing. It’s exactly the right combination I need to keep my skin clean and moisturized.
The packaging is simple. The pumps for the cleanser and moisturizer and the spray nozzle for the toner make each product really easy to dispense. I personally like the clean look of the white bottles and the touch of gold classes it up a little bit.
The Evande brand uses the tag line, “Feel the Natural Elegance”. Evande prides itself on creating products that are great for your skin without using harsh unnecessary chemicals. On their website, they have listed the chemicals that are prohibited from use in their product line:
I love that Evande uses more natural substances to create their products. They also clearly list all their ingredients right on the back of each bottle. I’ve also reproduced the ingredient list below, in case you’re interested.
I looked up this brand on the Good Guide and on Skin Deep. Unfortunately, it was not listed on either site, most likely because it’s such a new brand. I’d love to know how these products rate on either of those sites.
Is this magic skin care set affordable? In short, YES!
Each bottle contains 200 mL of product. My best guess is that, after one month, at most, I’ve used about one-quarter of each bottle.
You can buy the whole set of three for $24.99!
Honestly, I didn’t even look at the price until it was time to write my review. I was floored when I saw how well priced the set is.
Would I Recommend Evande?
Yes – I most definitely would. I’ve had a great experience using this set for the past month. My skin feels great and I’ve finally found a toner that works for my skin! I also love the clean packaging and the great price.
Welcome to the final part of my three-part review of my stash of Perricone skin care products. Click to see Part I, to see the first part of my review and to find out which products are included in my stash, and Part II to see my review of three Perricone moisturizers.
In this final part of the review, I will give you my thoughts on two serums that I had in my Perricone stash. I tried out the Advanced Eye Area Therapy and the Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum.
Advanced Eye Area Therapy
The Advanced Eye Area Therapy comes in a small bottle with a pump. It’s a thick cream that is dark in colour. You only need a teensy weensy bit and it can be dabbed on in the eye area. I found that it provided good moisture to the area around my eyes. However, I also felt a slight tingling/burning when I put it on. It only lasted for a second or two, but I’m pretty sure that I didn’t imagine it. I wasn’t too keen on the tingling on my skin.
I’ve used this cream each night before bed for quite a few weeks now. Despite the many weeks of use, I can’t honestly say that I’ve noticed any differences to my eye area.
Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum
The Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum comes in a dropper bottle. Inside, it’s a clear, thin liquid. It’s intended to be applied to deep wrinkles. The idea is that, after 8 weeks of application, the wrinkles will be less noticeable.
I used this on my neck area. I used it twice a day (morning and night) for several weeks. I’m probably not the best test subject for this serum since I don’t actually have deep wrinkles (yet!). My skin definitely feels softer, but once again, I can’t honestly say that I have noticed a difference in my skin.
As you can probably guess, I wasn’t overwhelmed by either of these products. Having said that, I don’t think that they are bad products by any stretch. Rather, they simply aren’t right for my skin. Given the success I’ve had with other Perricone products, I’m sure that these would work great for someone who has the issues that these products target.
I’m glad that I got to try them, as well as the facial cleanser and the moisturizers that I reviewed in Part I and Part II of this series. Overall, I’m quite pleased with my Perricone stash and I’m looking forward to finishing it all off!
This is the Part II of my three part review of my Perricone skin care products. Check out the first part, and the contents of my Perricone stash, here.
For this part of the review, I’m going to focus on the three moisturizers I have in my stash of Dr. Perricone products. As you see below, I have three items: More Than Moisture SPF 30, Face Finishing Moisturizer, and the Advanced Face Firming Activator. I have been using all three for the past few weeks. Check out my thoughts on each one below.
More Than Moisture SPF 30
First of all, the scent in this cream is heavenly. Every time I use it, I detect hints of cocoa butter and orange. It smells really rich! Perhaps that contributes to my feeling that it’s also a bit of a heavier cream. It’s not greasy on my skin, but definitely feels like a thicker moisturizer.
I have used this cream every time I’ve gone out for a walk. It does a good job of protecting my skin from the sun. It’s lovely to have a cream that acts like a sunscreen, but doesn’t smell too strong or feel heavy on my skin.
Face Finishing Moisturizer
This cream comes in a jar with a little spatula. The cream is more gelatinous and a bit thicker than the other moisturizers. I guess that’s why the spatula is included.
The moisturizer felt the thickest out of the three that I tried. It also provided the most moisture out of all of them.
This cream has a floral scent. Fortunately, it’s not overpowering. While I’m not usually a fan of floral scents, I quite like this one, probably because it’s not that strong.
Advanced Face Firming Activator
This is the one cream that I had used before. As soon as I opened it, the scent brought me right back to the time when I was first introduced to this cream. It was such a memorable time that I’d like to digress slightly here and tell you about it.
A short side story…
Remember the 2010 Winter Olympics? Well, I was there! For real! I was one of fifty people that my company sponsored to volunteer at the Olympics. I worked with a group of people in the head office. Our job was basically to help people keep motivated, especially those in the head office who didn’t get a chance to be at the events. It may not sound like much, but it was a great job. The easiest way to motivate people was to give out free tickets. We handed out lots and my team also attended lots of events.
Here’s a photo from one of my first days on the job!
Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics
Back to the Advanced Firming Face Activator
I was saying…the scent brings me right back to the first time I used it. Similar to the SPF cream, I smell a bit of cocoa and a bit of citrus. It’s a light, refreshing scent. (and to me, smells of the Vancouver Olympics!)
This cream is the lightest of the three. It moisturizes well, without feeling heavy on the skin.
Which One Do I Like Best?
Well, it depends! I really like each of these creams. They all serve a different purpose for my skin.
I like using the SPF when I’m going to be outside. It does a great job as a sunscreen.
I love the Advanced Firming Face Activator for the morning. It’s light and moisturizing.
Finally, I really enjoy using the Face Finishing Moisturizer at night time. It’s thick and moisturizing and is perfect for overnight rejuvenation.
Having said all of that, if push came to shove and I was forced to choose just one, I would go with the Advanced Firming Face Activator. Not only does it remind me of my Olympic adventure, it also does a great job of moisturizing all day long.
Have you tried any of these moisturizers? If you have, let me know what you think of them! For those of you who want to learn more about these moisturizers, or see the ingredient list, check out the Dr. Perricone website here.
A few years ago, I discovered Dr. Perricone and his line of beauty products. I started using them and fell in love instantly.
Then, I started making my own skincare products and set the Dr. Perricone stash aside for a bit. I found my stash a couple of weeks ago and realized that I still have some great products to use up! Woo hoo!
Here’s what I have left:
Face Finishing Moisturizer
More than Moisture SPF 30
Advanced Face Firming Activator
Neuropeptide Deep Wrinkle Serum
Advanced Eye Area Therapy
My Perricone Stash
I started back into this line with the Gentle Cleanser. It’s a nice thick cleansing liquid and it’s light green in colour. It feels pretty smooth on my skin. I use about half a pump each morning and each night. Even though I don’t use a lot at a time, I find that I have to work at rinsing it off my skin. It’s got some sticking power! A bit of rinsing and rubbing on my face will usually do the trick.
After using it for a few weeks, I’ve found it is strong enough to clean my skin, but not so overpowering that it strips my skin of all of its natural oils. I don’t like the “squeaky clean” feeling on my face that some soaps and cleanser can give you.
I have always loved the packaging of the Perricone line. I love the dark glass bottles. The cleanser comes with a bottle cap and a pump, so that it’s both easy to travel with and to use every day.
Dr. Perricone Gentle Cleanser
How do Dr. Perricone products rate?
The first thing that I love about Dr. Perricone products is that they are paraben free. Each package is clearly marked that the product does not contain any parabens. I also looked up Dr. Perricone products on both the Good Guide and the Skin Deep sites. Please note that on both sites, the ratings are based on a limited amount of information for this brand!
Good Guide Ratings
On average, Dr. Perricone products have a received a 5.1/10 Health rating from the Good Guide. However, when I looked up these specific products, I found that most of them received a rating of 7 or 8 for Health. The one outlier that I found was the Face Finishing Moisturizer. It received a 5.0 on Health, listing ingredients that cause a low level of concern. Thankfully, the other products with the lowest ratings that pull the average Health rating down are not ones in my cupboard!
Skin Deep Ratings
On the Skin Deep site, there were three Dr. Perricone products listed that I was able to find. On a 10 point scale, they received ratings of 3 and 4, which places them in the Moderate category. Many of the ingredients that cause concern do so because they have associated with allergies and immunotoxicity.
Overall, I’m satisfied that the Perricone products that I have in my cupboard are safe enough to use on my skin.
Moisturizers and Serums
I’m looking forward to delving into the moisturizers and serums. I’ll be sure to post my reviews once I’ve had a chance to try them each for a few weeks! Stay tuned!
I’ve almost completely made the switch to makeup made from natural ingredients. My go-to brand is Jane Iredale. However, I still like to try new brands when I come across them.
The All Natural Face
A few months ago, I spotted a coupon for three vegan eye-liners by The All Natural Face. Though I can’t quite remember how much the deal cost, I do recall that I thought it was a decent deal. So, I bought myself a trio of vegan eye liners. They arrived a few weeks ago.
I received three different colours of eyeliner. There was a Caramel Fudge, Hot Fudge Brownie, and That Black. Normally, I don’t stray too far away from black eye liner, so this was extra exciting to have received other colours! Here’s what they looked like on my skin.
They each go on really smoothly. The wand allows you to choose the thickness of line very easily. These are probably some of the simplest eye liners to apply that I’ve ever had. I found that they lasted about as long as other eye liners that I’ve used. They would work for me for a night out or a work day. Even better, they did not smudge!
The ingredients for each eye liner are listed right on the tube. I love that feature. There are no questions about what you’re putting on your skin. They are also listed right on their website. Click here to check them out. In a nutshell, these eyeliners are all made with pure ingredients that aren’t known or suspected to be harmful for your skin.
Vegan Eyeliners – The All Natural Face
If you’re looking for a clean eyeliner, I would definitely recommend this brand. The packaging is simple and informative. The wand has a great tip that allows you to easily control the thickness of the line. Most importantly, the ingredients are pure and are considered safe for your skin.
I ventured out to the spa a few weeks ago for a much needed facial. If you read my last post, you’ll know that, during the facial, I was dismayed to find out that my skin was on the dry side!
One of the products that was used and that I then purchased was the Emollient Wheat Germ Cream. I’ve been using it for a past several weeks and wanted to provide a short review on it for all of you!
Pure Creations Emollient Wheat Germ Cream
Pure Creations prides itself on incorporating natural ingredients in its products. You can see from the website’s description that the cream contains ingredients like organic wheat germ oil, almond oil, and aloe vera. While I wasn’t able to find a detailed ingredient list, after chatting with the folks at Pure Creations, I know that they do not use any potentially harmful or unnecessary ingredients.
Emollient Wheat Germ Cream
This is a thick, rich cream. A little bit goes a really long way. Personally, I would only use this on my skin during the dry winter months. I think it could be too much for my skin at other times of the year. I also like that this cream does not have a strong scent. (That’s the last thing I want before bed!)
Since my facial, I have used this on my skin before bed each night. It has helped me maintain that smooth polished feel in my skin.
Packaging and Price
Pure Creations’ packaging is simple and fresh. The jars are a good size. At $24.95 for a jar of this long-lasting cream, I think it’s a good investment.
Would I recommend this cream?
Yes, I would! It has worked wonders for me during this very dry winter. I continue to receive compliments on how smooth my skin looks. 🙂
The One Caveat
Just because this cream works for me, doesn’t mean it will work for everyone else. It’s always good to test a bit of any new product on your skin before diving in head first.
A few months ago, when I was well into my pregnancy, I won a beauty giveaway from Donah at Sweet Jelly Bean. She sent me a few samples of some great Suti products. I tried each one, except for the Fabulous Foot Balm. That was the only one that was not considered safe during pregnancy, due to some of the essential oils on the ingredient list. Check out my product review here.
Now that I’m well past being pregnant and I can reach my feet once again, I treated myself to my sample of Suti’s Fabulous Foot Balm. As expected, I loved it.
The balm is scented with a few essential oils. I found that it had a refreshing scent of eucalyptus. It reminded me of the spa and I immediately started to feel pampered!
The balm looks and feels a bit grainy. The grainy texture comes from the unrefined Shea Butter in the balm. It melts on contact with your fingers, so it’s easy to massage into your feet. The balm was oily, without being greasy. It is perfect for treating the dry skin on my feet!
After just two treatments of this balm, my feet were much smoother and feeling moisturized.
I have very dry feet and they need lots of attention all the time. I would certainly recommend Suti’s Fabulous Foot Balm to anyone who needs to pay the same amount of attention to their feet. Not only does this balm do a great job of moisturizing your feet, it smells great and has a lovely texture.
I was so excited to try these little gems after reading great reviews about the Suti line of products.
My Suti Stash
Here’s what I received as the free Suti giveaway. I got samples of two face oils (Rejuvenate and Nourish), a Fabulous Foot Balm, a Purity Balm and a Cleanse Balm. To top it all off, it all came in this cute little pouch. I’ve been busy trying all of these (except for the foot balm) and inasmuch as I’ve made my own facial oils and balms, I ended up comparing them to my own personal experiments. Here’s what I came up with.
Both of the face oils were smooth and had a great scent. The Rejuvenate Oil is good for day wear. However, since it uses citrus based oils, you wouldn’t want to wear it out in the sunshine. The Nourish Oil is intended for night-time to help your skin repair itself as you sleep. I really loved this oil. The scent is great and the oils glides on in a really smooth way. I didn’t think that oils could have different “glide” factors, but this one definitely felt like it went on to my skin easier than my own face oil.
I already use my own homemade face oil as a moisturizer, so I’m used to the idea of these oil blends. I absolutely fell in love with the scent and feel of the Nourish Oil. It’s quickly becoming my new favorite!
Each of the balms makes use of unrefined Shea Butter, which looks and feels grainy. However, it melts on contact with your skin and
provides lots of moisture.
The Cleanse Balm is best for cleaning the skin and it can also be left on as a face mask. I used it as both and found that it was a great moisturizer for my skin. The first time I tried it, I applied and left the Balm on my face for about 20 minutes. I then steamed and rinsed it off with warm water. My skin felt really supple and I didn’t need any kind of extra moisturizer following that.
The Purity Balm is great for those dry spots of skin. I tried it on my elbows, which often get neglected. 😦 It worked like a charm!
The Foot Balm looks great, but I will have to wait until I’m done being pregnant before I try it. (There are three essential oils that are not recommended for use during pregnancy.)
How Does Suti Rate?
I enjoyed each of the samples that I received. I can’t wait to try out the foot balm (just as soon as I reach my feet again!). Out of all the samples, the Nourish Oil was my favorite, by far. I truly fell in love with the scent of the oil. I tried looking Suti up on both Skin Deep and The Good Guide. Unfortunately, Skin Deep is down right now and the Good Guide hasn’t rated Suti yet.
So, all I can do is give these products my own personal rating! From what I can tell, Suti is good about using “clean” ingredients and avoiding all of the unnecessary chemicals. Suti clearly lists all of the ingredients in each of their products on their website. In other words, they are completely transparent. Based on that alone, I would have no hesitation in recommending Suti to anyone who was interested!