BRAND SPOTLIGHT: HERBIVORE SKINCARE

If you are anything like me, then you cannot resist trying most of the latest products that hit the shelves. I say “most of” because for the past six years or so, I have become very particular about what I put on my face, hair, and body etc. I will not buy something just because it is the latest obsession according to beauty gurus everywhere. The product had better work and the ingredient list must be stellar. After all, some of those products are very pricey, and some not worth the hefty price tag.

Browsing through Sephora, I came across Hebivore’s line of skincare. This brand does not do animal testing, which is also a requirement of the products I buy. Their ingredients are natural with no artificial colours, fragrances, or preservatives. Pretty ideal!

Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil $72
Herbivore Lapis Oil Balancing Facial Oil $72

This is supposed to be ideal for those who have combination skin. This oil is formulated with Blue Tansy! If you love Sunday Riley Luna Oil, which I have been a faithful user for the past 9 months, then you know all about Blue Tansy and its calming and anti-aging benefits.

Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil $88
Herbivore Phoenix Cell Regenerating Facial Oil $88

Rosehip seed oil is so good for your skin, and is the main oil in this product. This does contain jojoba oil, which is technically a wax, so it is going to be a heavier oil. Those with skin that tends to breakout may want to skip this one. It would be great for Winter though.

Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil $64
Herbivore Orchid Youth Preserving Facial Oil $64

Orchid extracts are becoming very popular in skincare lately. I have yet to try an Orchid based product, but the ones I have seen have gotten some pretty good reviews.

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner $22
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Conditioner $22  

This is one of those dreamy edible lip butters. Anything coconut oil is always luscious!

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Polish $18
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Lip Polish $18

Of course you need the lip polish to go with the lip balm. It will be hard for me to cheat on my Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, but I might have to just this once.

Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish $38
Herbivore Coco Rose Coconut Oil Body Polish $38

They had to make one for your entire body! I could see becoming quickly addicted to this stuff. The grains have a finer texture than most scrubs, which means it works better.

Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist $32
Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water Hydrating Facial Mist $32

Coconut water is so beneficial for your body with its naturally occurring electrolytes, so it is going to do the same thing for your skin. The additional rose extracts give you some anti-oxidant power.

Herbivore Pink Clay Gentle Cleanse Clay Soap Bar $12
Herbivore Pink Clay Gentle Cleanse Clay Soap Bar $12

This is the only cleanser in their skincare lineup, but it will be a good one for all skin types. Not too drying, with gentle moisturizers.

Herbivore Pink Clay Hyalauronic Acid Mega Moisture Cream Mask $38
Herbivore Pink Clay Hyaluronic Acid Mega Moisture Cream Mask $48

This moisture mask is the real deal. Some great plant oils and plenty of hyaluronic acid. I would honestly use it as a sleeping facial instead of just a mask.

Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask $48 

This mask is going to provide some pretty potent chemical exfoliation, but with a more gentle delivery thanks to the soothing Blue Tansy.

Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme Gemstone Instant Glow Mask $48
Herbivore Brighten Pineapple Enzyme Gemstone Instant Glow Mask $48

I love a good fruit enzyme based mask. They really do brighten with the natural fruit acids, and their exfoliating properties are surprisingly effective. I love the Peter Thomas Roth Firm-X, and this mask would be along the same lines as that.

Herbivore Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil $44
Herbivore Jasmine Glowing Hydration Body Oil $44

The brand has put out two body oils and I am so excited to try them! My product closet mostly consists of all things oil these days. Jasmine oil is so soothing! There are also a ton of other moisturizing oils in here to make you glowing soft skin.

Herbivore Citrine Ultra Hydration Neroli Body Oil $44
Herbivore Citrine Ultra Hydration Neroli Body Oil $44

Have you ever smelled anything with Neroli oil? It smells heavenly. This body oil is ultra moisturizing. This is going to be a Winter skin saver for me I can already tell.

That wraps it up for the latest from Herbivore! Have you tried this line yet, and if so what did you think?

YOU MIGHT BE A PUMPKIN ADDICT IF…………

As soon as the leaves start turning, one of the first things that always come to mind is pumpkin…….everything. Are you one of the 87.6% that become overly obsessed with pumpkin everything before, during, and possibly after the holiday seasons? If you are then you will want to further your decent into pumpkin madness with my favourite must have products.

Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shower Gel $18
Philosophy Pumpkin Icing Shower Gel $18 

This is hands down my favourite pumpkin scented shower gel. Philosophy shower gels are just amazing, they all smell so wonderful. This is a sugary sweet, slightly spicy pumpkin scent. My entire bathroom smells like pumpkin pie after I am done taking a shower. The scent does not linger very long on your skin, but that is to be expected with a product that you are “washing off”. Just the scent experience itself while using it is enough to keep it in your body wash arsenal.

Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% $35
Arcona Pumpkin Body Lotion 10% $35

This is a very potent lotion. It contains 10% glycolic acid, so if you have sensitive skin, you might want to approach this product with caution. The results I get with it however, are phenomenal. It does tingle a bit sometimes, but is by no means uncomfortable. The tingle tells you it is working, sloughing off all of those dead skin cells. If you do spray tanning or go to the tanning bed, you will not want to use it either as it will breakdown your tan faster. The scent is heavenly, unadulterated, pumpkin bliss though. If you can stand some mild exfoliation, this will keep your skin baby soft.

Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pie # Wick Candle $22
Bath and Body Works Pumpkin Pie 3 Wick Candle $22

If you love for your house to smell like you have been baking pumpkin pies all day everyday, then you are going to want to stock up on this candle. I am embarrassed to say how many of these are in my candle cabinet (yes I have a cabinet for my candles). I burn one downstairs and one upstairs, and my entire house smells like a pumpkin bakery. I can even smell it in the garage before I walk in. Love it!

Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Liquid Hand Soap $22
Nest Fragrances Pumpkin Chai Liquid Hand Soap $22

This is one of the few hand soaps I ever buy. I particularly like the Nest hand soaps because they do not dry out my skin when I wash my hands. This stuff literally smells like they took the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte, and bottled it into a liquid soap form.

Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask $58
Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask $58

This mask does double time at exfoliating those dead skin cells off of your face. It is an all around miracle worker. The AHA and pumpkin enzymes break down dead cells, the vitamin C brightens, and the aluminum oxide crystals slough it all away. Use this cautiously if you have sensitive skin. I do get better results with this if I let the thin layer sit on my skin for a few minutes, then massage the crystals in. And yes, it also smells like pumpkins! I keep this in stock, as it is one of my favourite masks.

What is your favorite pumpkin product so far this year?

SEPHORA HAUL

June is here. I can hardly believe the year is halfway over. I was so excited because not only is it officially the start of my birthday month, but according to my weather app it was supposed to be pretty mild temps this week. Not so. High 80’s. That is a bit out of my comfort zone. Thankfully I have Sephora to perk me up!

 Some of these are new products for me so we will see if they make it to permanence in my product closet.

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Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF2 25 $7.50
Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF2 25 $7.50 

This is one of the best lip balms I have ever tried. It makes my lips so soft and smooth and is the best winter lip saver hands down. I always use a little bit under any lip product I am wearing. It is a thicker balm but not too sticky. This is very long-lasting. I put it on before bed and it is still there in the morning. There are several flavours to choose from, but this mint one is my favourite. I love that it includes SPF.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $38
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed $38 

I have been wanting to get a new highlighting powder. I usually use the Kevin Aucoin Candlelight, but that one gets really flaky if you swipe the brush too hard. That really vexes me since I feel like I am wasting a lot of product. I had my reservations about this one because of the shimmer, but one of my Ulta gals put it on and stepped outside and it looked amazing on her, so I decided to give it a try.

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I got the Moonstone shade, which is a very light champagne color. The texture of this one is creamier than the Kevin Aucoin and not as golden. I think this would be a universally flattering shade. The shimmer is very subtle, not chunky glitter at all.

Urban Decay Afterglow Blush $26
Urban Decay Afterglow Blush $26 

This is another product that I have seen on someone else and thought it looked great. These blushes are supposed to last quite awhile. So far they have gotten great reviews.

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I got the shade Obsessed, which is a vivid light pink. I like that it has that blue undertone. I dislike anything with an orange undertone on myself.

Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara $32
Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Excess Mascara $32 

I have been waiting for this mascara to come back in stock for a while. It got some good reviews so far so we’ll see how I like it compared to the Guerlain Cils d’Enfer.

Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone The Multi-Purpose   Primer Pencil $16
Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone The Multi-Purpose Primer Pencil $16 

This is getting such rave reviews so I had to see what all of the fuss is about. You can apparently use this as a lip primer, a correcter stick, and an eye primer. I want to see if it will make my eyeliner even more smudge-proof.

Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base $25
Lancome Cils Booster XL Super Enhancing Mascara Base $25

I read that this will help keep mascara from flaking. Even the best mascaras tend to flake a little, so I am hoping that this will prevent that for the most part.

Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask $58
Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask $58 

I am finally getting around to trying this and I am so excited to! Peter Thomas Roth products are some of my favourites. I hope I will have a better experience with this than I did with the Bliss Multifaceted mask.

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector$29
Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector$29 

When I first saw this I was a little confused at how it was supposed to work, since the texture is very sticky. You actually use it as a primer of sorts for your under eye concealer. It is supposed to keep your concealer from creasing and brighten up the under eye area. My friend really likes this stuff so I thought I would try it too.

L'Occitane Shea Clensing Oil $22
L’Occitane Shea Clensing Oil $22 

This is my absolute favourite cleansing oil right now! It gets all of my makeup off, including eye makeup. This leaves NO greasy residue after using it. It smells great and you get so much product for the price. If you love L’Occitane as much as I do, you will probably love this.

Have you tried any of these products? What is on your current Sephora wish list?

BEST WARM WEATHER MOISTURIZERS

Warmer weather! The time when most people adopt a “less is more” mantra, especially when it comes to their moisturizers. I tend to stick to my regimen no matter what the season, only because I always want my skin to be in the most ideal shape. However, there are times when I cave and go for something a little more lightweight. The problem for me is finding something lightweight that is still moisturizing enough.

I love trying new products, but finding something to suit my skin is not always the most exciting task. In fact, it can be quite daunting because I never know how my skin will react to a new formula. I am sure that is true for most of you as well. So in light of that, I thought I would compile a list of moisturizer options that I have used in the past and present, that would be good for almost every skin type.

Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer $65
Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer $65 

This was my HG moisturizer while I was living on the East Coast. Sadly, when I moved to the Northwest I had to give this one up. It is very lightweight and completely fragrance and oil free. This one uses some great algae-based moisturizers to keep skin supple. I am not an advocate for using mattifying moisturizers as most contain alcohol. This would be an excellent choice for anyone who is very oily or acne prone. I would not recommend this if you are living in a drier climate, as you do need extra moisture in that case.

Dermalogica Active Moist $41
Dermalogica Active Moist $41 

This one is a bit heavier than the previous, yet still light and silky. It smells naturally of lavender, so it is very soothing. This one is a pretty simple formulation, not too much in the way of anti aging, but still a good all around basic. If you layer serums like I do, this one would be good for that. I never felt greasy while using this. You also get a pretty good amount for the money. The only thing to note is that if you are sensitive to fragrant plant oils, you might want to approach this one with caution. There is a minuscule amount of lavender extract in this, but could still cause a reaction for ultra sensitive skins.

Perricone MD Photoplasma $69
Perricone MD Photoplasma $69

I cannot say enough about this product! I have been using this for a few years now, and I will continue to buy it as long as they make it. It has a light almost mousse like texture. It has some great anti-oxidants, higher Spf, ant-aging ingredients, and it is fragrance and oil free. Yes you can probably find other sunscreens that are not as expensive, but this has prevented me from getting burnt on more than one occasion, makes my skin look amazing, and all without having to worry about breakouts. I feel this would be great for all skin types, as it uses gentle mineral sunscreens. I am hooked on this stuff!

Belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer $38
Belif Milky Hydra Balancing Moisturizer $38 

This is PACKED full of anti-oxidants and most of them all-natural. I got a sample of this and I love the texture. Very lightweight. This would also be a good option for extra oily or acne prone skins. The only reason I didn’t end up buying the full size of this is because it lacks some anti-aging ingredients that I prefer in my moisturizers. If aging is not at the forefront of your concerns though, this one is worth a try.

Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion $42
Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense Lotion $42 

This one is a great all around solution for summer. It is sheer, silky, anti-aging, contains anti-oxidants, and offers sun protection. I am just addicted to my Photoplasma, so I do not need another moisturizer with an Spf. This one does give you an added bonus with the addition of vitamin C, so it will brighten as well!

Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion $75
Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Lotion $75 

This one is going to be the heaviest out of the bunch. It has some heavier emollients, like shea butter, but it is still in a lotion form, so it will still be lighter than a cream. This is foremost an anti-aging moisturizer, with all of the ingredients I look for and then some. I really liked the sample of this lotion, so I am doing some more research to decide if I want to make this my new daytime moisturizer. I don’t feel like this made me oily as the day progressed, but when I tried it, it was still plenty cold. I will have to see how this would do now that it is warmer outside.

Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $52
Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief $52 

This has been a favorite product of mine for years! You honestly get so much hydration for a gel form consistency. It feels so good going on the skin. A great thing about this one is that you can pat it on over dry spots if you get a little dry later in the day. Such a great option for oily and acne prone skin. It is fragrance free as well for those of you who are sensitive. I have a good tip for this one too: Get a tiny little jar, put some in, stick it in the fridge, and then slather it on your face after a long day. Seriously, the most refreshing thing.

I hope this guide has proven helpful. What is your go to moisturizer for Summer?