Amie’s Skin Care Review

Amie’s Skin Care sent me two of their products to test out and possibly review on my blog.  I decided to put both of the reviews into one post because I rather write one long post than two short ones.  I’ve reviewed Amie’s Eye Makeup Remover on my blog as well if you are interested. 

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Let’s get this review started. First up…

Amie’s New Bloom Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes

I always have a package of makeup wipes open.  I use them to remove my makeup before cleansing as I find I get a deeper clean that way.  I like using them to remove my makeup throughout the day if it starts to bother me and I always take them traveling with me.  They are great to have on hand and I have probably tried 15 different brands. 

Amie Facial Cleansing Wipes are free from parabens, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts.  They say that they are suitable for all skin types including sensitive skin.  

You get 25 wipes in total, they run for about $6-$7 in store in Canada and are £3.49 on their website.  The wipes come in cute pink packing with the typical sticky seal to re-close it.  I’m not the biggest fan of this and prefer ones with a snap closure lid.  I still buy ones with the sticky closure because all of my favourite brands seemed to be packages this way so it’s not really a big deal.  I’m currently down to the last two wipes and my package isn’t sealing closed anymore.  I always store makeup wipes upside down to prevent them from drying out, these ones are still moist after being open for over a month. 

The makeup wipe is the standard wipe size, but is fairly thin.  It is also kind of scratchy to my face and doesn’t feel as good the ones I typically buy.  I just used one again to be reminded of how they work and I kind of feel like it’s irritating my skin.  But it’s nothing alarming.  I’m not sure if it is the formula or the actual wipe.  There is no residue left behind after using these wipes and they do a decent job removing my makeup.  You might need to use two to remove all your makeup as they are kind of thin so I find they don’t retain a lot of moisture while using them. 

The cleansing wipes are formulated with natural extracts of pomegranate, cranberry and green tea.  They are fragrance-free, which is a plus for me as I’m not a big fan of scented products.  

Amie Facial Cleansing Wipes are ok, but I probably wouldn’t purchase them on my own.  I did use up the whole package because they worked but they aren’t my favourite.  If you are looking for a paraben free, vegan makeup wipe then these might be something for you. But as for me, I will stick to my regular brands. 

Amie New Bloom Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes Review

Next up…

Amie’s Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer.

Amie’s Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer ReviewJust like the facial wipes their moisturizer is free from parabens, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts.  It also comes in cute pink packaging and you get 100 ml of product.  I think this runs for about $10-12 at London Drugs in Canada and is £4.95 on their website.  

Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer is a light moisturizer that claims to helps keep skin soft, smooth and nourished.  

The moisturizer is white, possibly even a faint pink colour and is very light as it claims.  It has a faint rose, floral scent which typically I don’t enjoy but once it’s dry I don’t notice the smell it so I don’t mind.  It contains rose hip oil so that must be why it smells like roses.  A little goes a long way and I haven’t even made a dent in this bottle and have been using it for a few weeks now.

I’ve been applying this moisturizer in the morning before my makeup and I find that it keeps my skin hydrated throughout the day.  Right now since it is winter, my skin is drier than normal and Amie’s moisturizer helps hydrate it again.  I am not going to use this entire bottle up now as I want to see how it does in the summer when my skin is more on the oily side.  My makeup applies smoothly over this moisturizer and it doesn’t create any oiliness throughout the day.  I’ve tried plenty of moisturizers that caused me to be a grease face within a few hours. 

Overall I would recommend Amie’s Morning Light Hydrating Daily Moisturizer over their New Bloom Facial Cleansing Wipes.

Have you tried any of Amie Naturally Kind’s Line?  

Let me know what you think of them in the comments below.

I’m also interested in hearing about any all natural products that you enjoy.  I’m starting to finally finish up some of my skin care items and want to start making the switch to products that are better for my skin. 

Dry Shampoo Reviews

I’ve tried several dry shampoos and wanted to let you know what I think of each one as I try them. I think that it would be hard to write an full individual blog post on each dry shampoo because they are all pretty similar and I don’t have much to say about them. I either like them or don’t.  

I have blonde hair, for reference, so I can’t specifically say how any of these shampoos will work on brunettes and other hair colours. I’ll list the reviews in alphabetical order so you can find them easily. I will continue to update this post as I try dry shampoos, I will let you know on Facebook and Twitter when a new review is up. You might also be interested in checking out my review directory which lists every review I’ve ever written.

My thoughts on every dry shampoo that I've ever tried

Is it bad that I had that many dry shampoos on the go? I just took that picture and the only one that still has product in it is the Batiste one. 

Here we go…

Batiste Dry Shampoo Light & Blonde

It took me awhile to try out the Batiste dry shampoos and now I’ve tried just about all them. I’m going to have to repurchase them all to give you guys an accurate review cause I can’t remember what I thought of the other ones. My favourite one is the one for light and blonde hair, not only because it is formulated for my hair colour but because I enjoy the smell the most.  It has kind of a sweet smell but is very faint.  This particular one is tinted yellow (blonde) for that hair colour, so I don’t think you’d want to use it on another hair colour.  It doesn’t smell powdery at all and works very well.  I will continue to buy this dry shampoo over and over again.  It is a little more money and runs for $5-$10 depending on where you purchase it, but I think it is worth the extra money. 

Dove Refresh + Care Invigorating Dry Shampoo

At first I liked this Dove dry shampoo but my feelings changed quickly.  I find that it has a strong scent and I always want to shower after using it.  This is definitely not suitable for darker hair colours as it leaves a white cast.  It is very powdery and my scalp feels dirty and like it has a ton of buildup on it whenever I use it.  It’s taken me awhile to use this dry shampoo up and I basically just used it when I planed on staying inside for the day.  I don’t recommend this one and if you are looking for an affordable dry shampoo then go with the Garnier one. 

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry ShampooThis Garnier dry shampoo is my favourite affordable dry shampoo and  I will be purchasing it again.  It smells like all the other Garnier Fructis products and doesn’t have a strong powdery scent like most drugstore dry shampoos.  It doesn’t leave a white cast on my hair or make it feel like it their is a ton of crap on my hair/scalp.  I don’t really think it gives my hair any added volume, but I don’t find that any dry shampoos do, even though people often use them for added body.  My hairs very long, like down to my butt, so it’s pretty much impossible to create volume without some work.  I recommend this dry shampoo, it works and is very affordable, you can find it for around the $3 mark.

Marc Anthony True Professional 2nd Day Clear Dry Shampoo

This one can be found at the drugstore and is a little more expensive then your typical drugstore product.  I don’t know why I picked up the Marc Anthony dry shampoo, maybe I was looking for something more high-end as it is more expensive than a typical drugstore product.  I won’t purchase this one again, and prefer the Garnier or Batiste dry shampoo.  I don’t really like the scent of this product, I think it works but there are better ones out there for the price.

TRESemmé Fresh Start Dry Shampoo

This is the first dry shampoo I ever tried and I thought it was good until I started trying other shampoos.  This one is similar to the Dove dry shampoo.  It has a very strong scent and just makes my scalp feel dirty and itchy.  I don’t like the TRESemmé dry shampoo at all and actually threw away the last bottle I had of it.  I don’t know how it got so popular, maybe because it was like the first drugstore dry shampoo? 

Stay tuned for more reviews.

What’s your favourite dry shampoo? Are there any in particular you’d like me to review? 

Let me know in the comments below

SBT Seabuckthorn Day Cream + Night Cream Review

SBT Seabuckthorn Day Cream Night Cream ReviewSBT Seabuckthorn sent me a few products to try out and possibly review.  The two I’m going to review today are their Day Cream and Night Cream which I’ve been using regularly for probably about 6 weeks.

SBT Seabucktorn is a local company to me, they are based in Peachland, British Columbia.  I always like supporting local companies when I can.  Seabucktorn International produces their products from the berry, seed and leaf of the Seabuckthorn plant.  

I wasn’t very familiar with Seabuckthorn until the company contacted me, I then decided to do some research.  Seabuckthorn has some amazing benefits such as

  • Being high in omega fatty acids. including 3, 6, 9 and the rare 7.
  • Helps fight disease such as diabetes and heart disease. 
  • Helps moisturize, restore and calm skin. 

The list goes on and on, research it a bit yourself and see.

Well now that you know a bit about Seabuckthorn, let’s get into the products.

Ear jar contains 50 ml of product.  I do like the packaging, although they could use some better labels as they are hard to read.  Both of the products look the exact same inside the jars, the moisturizers are both yellow.  The Day Cream retails for $29.95 on their website and the Night Cream goes for $34.95.

SBT Seabuckthorn Day Cream Night Cream Review

Day Cream

The SBT Seabuckthorn Day Cream contains their special Seed Oil and is enriched with mango butter, shea butter and mango butter to prepare your skin for the day.  It also contains Hyaluronic Acid which has excellent water retaining properties, it gives fullness to the face and eases wrinkles, fine lines and smoothes the surface with a slight plumping action.

For containing so many rich ingredients, the day cream is very light.  It sinks right into my skin and leaves it feeling smooth and ready for the day.  I notice every time that I apply the cream that my skin looks more refreshed and has a little bit of a glow to it.  The cream doesn’t leave any sort of film or residue on my face, nor does it cause me to get oily throughout the day.

Night Cream

The SBT Seabuckthorn Night Cream contains Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 Fatty Acids from the Seabuckthorn Seed and Fruit Oils as well as fine botanicals to help reduce fine lines. 

The night cream has a thicker consistency than the day cream.  You can tell right away that it is a richer cream and is meant for night time.  Even though it is rich, it sinks right into my skin and leaves it feeling well nourished.  I don’t wake up with an oily face in the morning unlike some other thick creams I’ve tried in the past.

If you read my blog often then you will know that my skin is temperamental and several moisturizers have caused my face to breakout.  These products didn’t break me out at all. So yay! They are very rich, but full of great, all-natural ingredients so that is probably why my skin soaks it all up nicely. 

I haven’t noticed any amazing improvements in my skin since using the products, but I’m pretty happy with my skin to begin with.  I am also a firm believer that you need to use something for a few months to see results.  I still have more than half of my jars left so will continue to use them. These products are going to last awhile, it takes me forever to use up moisturizers for some reason. 

Both of the creams have the exact same scent in my opinion.  They smell like olive oil to me, which isn’t the best smell.  As soon as I apply it to my skin I don’t smell it anymore, but the initial smell kind of bothers me.  I do like the moisturizing qualities of the creams so I get over it every time I use it.  Plus when you are using all-natural products you can’t always expect them to smell fabulous.  I personally prefer unscented products. 

Overall, I do enjoy both of the moisturizers and will be finishing up my containers.  The creams are definitely keeping my skin hydrated all day and night this winter.  I thought I should also let you know that, SBT Seabuckthorn products are all-natural so if you are someone that looks for all-natural products then I suggest popping over to their website to see what they have to offer.  

They also sent me their Lip Balm, Sniffle Stick and some tea samples.  I have been using the lip balm and like it. Thankfully I haven’t had to use the sniffle stick yet. :)

Have you ever used products that contain Seabuckthorn?  

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel (Zit Zapper) Review

e.l.f. products tend to be hit and miss but the Acne Fighting Gel is a hit in my books.  I’ve actually owned this products for several years and never opened it.  My face had some breakouts so I decided to crack open the e.l.f. Zit Zapper (now called Acne Fighting Gel) and have been using it consistently since. 

The e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel is made from a blend of Salicylic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Witch Hazel and Camphor to help fight and prevent acne, reduce redness and swelling, minimize pore size and clear skin.

I typically use tea tree oil on my face but it is a little drying during the winter so that is why I decided to try the Acne Fighting Gel.  I actually think I like it better than just plain out tea tree oil.  

The e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel retails for $2.00 on their website and in stores and you get 2 ounces of product, it’s very inexpensive and something that can be purchased with just about any budget.

e.l.f. Acne Fighting Gel Review

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Gabriel Organics Skin Care Series Review

Gabriel Cosmetics Skin Care Series ReviewGabriel Cosmetics reached out to me to ask if I wanted to try out and possibly review some of their products.  Being a skincare junkie, I jumped at the chance to try new products.  I was sent a 3 piece skin care bundle that includes

  • White Seaweed Calming Cleanser (6 ounces)
  • Sea Mineral Tonic (2 ounces)
  • Seaweed Nourishing Moisturizer (2 ounces)

The skincare series that was sent is for normal to combination skin (my skin type).  The entire bundle retails on their website for $39.50.  It comes in plastic zip-up package that I will reuse as a toiletry bag for traveling. 

I received these products months ago and didn’t get around to using them until the end of November.  I wanted to use all the products together so I could see how they work.  I finally used up the cleanser this week and am coming close to finishing up the other two products.  So I decided it’s time for a review. :) Continue reading

Ways to Help Animals in Need

I love dogs and cats and get sad anytime I see a Facebook post or a Tweet from a shelter with a dog or cat looking for a home.  I wish I could rescue every animal and bring them into my home, but that isn’t possible.  According to the Petco Foundation, 6-8 million dogs and cats enter shelters every year in the United States, of whom approximately 3-4 million are euthanized.  That is a lot of animals.  Cats are less likely to be adopted and are euthanized more often than dogs.  I couldn’t find a current statistic for Canada but I’m sure it is relative to the US stats.

I know that not everyone can adopt an animal.  Many people live in places that don’t allow pets or travel often for work and there is no realistic way even adopt.  I can’t adopt an animal at this time in my life and will adopt a dog when the time is right.  But there are a lot of other ways we can help animals without adopting them. 

Ways to Help Animals in Need. Ways to Help Animal Shelters

Donate Supplies

Animal shelters and rescues are always in need of supplies such as pet food, blankets, towels, food bowls, cleaning supplies, cages and much more.  Most shelters will take used items that are in good condition as well.   Continue reading

Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-up Remover Review

Amie Naturally Kind Bright Eyes Very Gentle  Eye Make-Up Remover ReviewI have been trying out a few products from Amie’s line of skin care products.  So far I have liked everything I’ve tried and you will be seeing some more reviews of this line soon.  I am about half way done my bottle of Amie Bright Eyes Very Gentle Eye Make-up Remover and really like it.  My go-to makeup remover for the past few years has been the Sonia Kashuk Remover and Amie’s works just as good.

Amie’s Bright Eyes Very Gentle Make-up Remover is made of 98.9% natural ingredients and has a gentle formula that is easy on the eyes.  The remover is 100% oil-free and terminologically tested.  It is also free of parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts.  This makeup remover is safe to use if you are a vegetarian or vegan.  The meadow cornflower and chamomile sooth and decongest while the grape water cleanses.  The cucumber then helps hydrate and refresh. 

Amie’s is a UK brand and is available at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada.  I think the bottle runs for $7.99 Canadian.  It is £4.75 on their website and you get 125 ml of product in the bottle. 

You use Amie’s remover just like any other eye makeup remover.  Apply a small amount to a cotton pad and wipe make-up away gently.  Repeat the process until all your makeup is removed. Continue reading

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