Category Archives: Skincare Reviews

Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil Review

Live Clean Sheer Light Skin Perfecting Dry Body Oil Review

Now that the mercury has dropped, my skin has become a bit drier. This is typical during the fall and winter. Moisturizing becomes even more important to ward off that uncomfortable dry and itchy feeling.

What great timing it was when the Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil came to Swatch And Learn headquarters! It was just what my skin needed.

The Live Clean Sheer Light Dry Body Oil is 99% plant-derived and free of mineral oils, petroleums, parabens, silicones, phthalates, dyes, and preservatives. Additionally, it’s vegan, hypoallergenic, never tested on animals, and made of biodegradable ingredients.

The Certified Organic oils it contains include Safflower Oil, Argan Oil, Avocado Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Coconut Oil.

So did it hydrate my skin and leave a smooth and silky finish like it claimed to? See the rest of my detailed review to find out!

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Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream Review

Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream ReviewAt work, the hand soap is so abrasive and far from moisturizing. (Sometimes I feel like it brings the desert to my hands!)

Especially since I tend to wash my hands a few times throughout the day, and I also wash my dishes that I use during my lunch break, my cuticles and hands tend to look and feel really dry and uncomfortable.

Hand cream is the only way to reverse that parched, tight feeling.

For a few weeks, I’ve been using the Consonant Intensive Therapy Organic Hand Cream, which is unscented, and I’m now at the point where I’m ready to share my thoughts on it with you.

P.S. At the end of this post, I share information about the Consonant Skincare Healthy Skincare Swap event that will run Monday May 25th to Sunday May 31st where you can get 50% off a Consonant Skincare product at their stores or online.

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The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter Review

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter ReviewOne of my favourite cocktails to sip is the mojito because it has a punch of citrus combined with refreshing, uplifting mint. It’s light and great for patio weather during those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. (Great, now I have the song looping in my head…)

But even if you don’t drink or you haven’t reached the legal drinking age, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the amazing scent of a mojito. No, I’m not saying to order a mojito and just sniff it. 😉

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter smells spot on like a mojito, and unlike the cocktail, you can slather it on your skin without getting weird glances from strangers.

Be on the lookout for The Body Shop Virgin Mojito Body Butter – it will hit The Body Shop stores and their website in July, along with other matching mojito-scented skincare.

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Consonant Natural Lip Conditioner Pure Unscented Review & Pictures

Consonant Natural Lip Conditioner Review & PicturesAt the beginning of this month, I had the pleasure and honour of being invited to attend an exclusive launch for Consonant Skincare’s downtown location located at 120 Adelaide Street West (Unit R12) in Toronto’s Richmond-Adelaide Centre.

You’ll remember that previously, I published my exclusive interview with Consonant Skincare’s owner and CEO, Bill Baker. Bill was also at the event, and we got to chit chat about the brand and the wide range of natural products.

The core philosophy of the brand is that what you put on your body goes in your body. That’s why they offer natural skincare – they’re not laden with chemicals, so their products are a great choice for those who are looking for healthier skincare options.

After the event, I received a wonderful bag filled with goodies, which I shared on my Instagram here.

One of the treats inside was this Consonant Natural Lip Conditioner Pure Unscented, which is 100% natural and has high levels of essential fatty acids, which are important for healthy skin.

It’s the first Consonant Skincare product that I’ve ever tried. I’m a big fan of lip balms, so it was a no brainer that it would be the first item I’d try.

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The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter Review

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body ButterThe Body Shop Smoky Poppy Body Butter may look familiar – I had a giveaway a few months ago for a bunch of The Body Shop Smoky Poppy products in February!

It has a fragrance like no other skincare I have. The Body Shop Smoky Poppy is sultry, so if you’re looking for something that’s seductive, this is one you may want to try. But don’t dilly dally because this scent is limited edition!

As with all of The Body Shop’s Body Butters, this one is formulated to help moisture the skin. I put it to the test, and here are my observations.

P.S. In case you missed it, I’m having a Canadian giveaway right now. Enter until April 24 for a chance to win the Essie Resort 2015 Collection!

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Simple Cleansing Micellar Water Review

Simple Cleansing Water ReviewThe popularity of micellar cleansing water continues to gain momentum among beauty enthusiasts.

First developed in France, micellar cleansing water was touted as a multifunctional product to quickly and effectively remove makeup, cleanse skin, and provide skin-loving vitamins.

Unlike your traditional facial cleansers, micellar cleansing waters don’t need to be rinsed off, and they don’t require water to activate the product. For these reasons, it’s no wonder that micellar cleansing waters are what busy people who are on-the-go reach for when traveling or when they want something easy that works.

I was really excited to try the new Simple Cleansing Micellar Water because it’s my first experience with any cleansing micellar water! I was very curious to see how well it would perform, especially because I wear foundation, eye makeup, and long-wearing lipstick on a typical day.

For two weeks, I’ve been testing out the Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, so I’ve had plenty of time to collect my thoughts to share with you.

When it comes to skincare, I’m not thrown off by packaging or bells and whistles. Like with people, it’s what’s inside that counts.

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My Exclusive Interview with Bill Baker, the Owner of Consonant Skincare

Consonant-Skincare-Bill-BakerThe skyline in my blog’s header pays homage to Toronto, the city in Canada that I call home.

Although I love to explore products and brands that hail from all over the globe, there’s a special place in my heart for local ones because I have a sense of Toronto pride.

Back in February, I had the incredible opportunity to ask some challenging questions and get great answers!

Here’s my Exclusive Interview with Bill Baker, the Owner of Consonant Skincare.

Consonant Skincare is proudly a Canadian company. All of their high-end 100% natural products are created and produced in Canada.

They have two locations in Toronto:

  • Flagship store is located at 2479 Yonge Street (Store hours: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm & Sunday from noon to 5 pm)
  • PATH location is located at 120 Adelaide Street West, Unit R12 (Store hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 6 pm) – Opens March 16th

But aside from geography, what stands out is that Consonant Skincare products utilize the highest possible concentration of organic botanical ingredients. Instead of being a “Band-aid solution” for irritating skin symptoms, Consonant Skincare products are formulated to work in harmony with the body’s natural chemistry to improve the healthy appearance of skin with continued use.

Consonant Skincare products make skin appear firmer, healthier, and younger-looking without using synthetic ingredients like parabens, sulphates, petroleum ingredients, phthalates, and silicone.

One of their customer favourites, HydrExtreme, recently won the Grand Prize at the Canadian Beauty Innovation Awards!

See the rest of this post to read my exclusive interview with Bill Baker, the official press release, and information on how you could win their Ultimate Consonant Experience Giveaway ($5,000 CAD value that’s good for one winner and four friends)!

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