HAPPY EARTH DAY: CELEBRATE WITH BOO BAMBOO ALL NATURAL SKIN & HAIR CARE PRODUCTS REVIEW

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Happy Earth Day! (I know I’m a day late, but I’m sick so my time schedules are a little off right now). So anyways, in celebration of earth and earth day, I have decided to introduce to you all Boo Bamboo! This is a Canadian company, who focus on creating all natural skin and hair care products – which are also cruelty free, vegan, and gluten free! Sounds perfect for the earth! :)
 

Why Boo Bamboo?
Rich in mineral and organic proteins, bamboo extract helps strengthen the hair follicle and retain moisture to promote shine. Boo Bamboo products improve the strength and condition of your hair, helps eliminate frizz and creates incredible shine.
 

Boo Berry Antioxidant Colour Prolonging Shampoo
Enriched with Organic Bamboo Extract and Boo Berries to add brilliant shine and enhance your colour. Packed with antioxidant vitamins and organic proteins, the Boo Berry collection will help seal your hair cuticle and lock in color. Say goodbye to dry brittle hair! It gently cleanses without stripping away your colour, leaving you with incredibly soft healthier looking hair. Sulphate Free and Paraben & DEA Free!

Ingredients: Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isothionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Acrylates Copolymer, Rapeseedamide, Glycerin, Panthenol, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Fruit Extract, Jojoba Esters, Natural Fragrance (Parfum), Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid

Why I Love This Product!
This shampoo is great for keeping my hair moist and my color vibrant! I love how it lathers up so easily with just a bit of the product. And the fact that it smells like heaven, doesn’t hurt either as well. I also really like those little colorful berries that are inside. My hair is very smooth even after just one use.

 

Boo Berry Colour Revitalizing Conditioning Treatment
The ultimate colour enhancing treatment. Its intense colour revitalizing formula with Bamboo extract and Boo Berries (jojoba beads containing a custom blend of antioxidant berry extracts) absorbs quickly into your hair to enhance and protect colour treated hair. This conditioning treatment is designed to restore dried out, and damaged locks caused by continuous colouring. Repairs deep into hair’s cortex, and outer cuticle for shiny hair that is easier to manage.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Glycerin, Sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil, Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Amodimethicone, Dimethiconol, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Fragaria Vesca (Strawberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Vitis-Idaea Fruit Extract, Jojoba Esters, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Citric Acid, Natural Fragrance (parfum), Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Why I Love This Product!
This is a great hair treatment and it does absorbs really quickly into my hair. I take a little scoop out of the container and work its way through my hair. I let it sit for around 3 minutes before washing it off. Just like the shampoo, it’s the best smelling hair product that I’ve ever used! I highly recommend this for anyone who needs some shine in their hair.
 

Skin Balancing FACE WASH
This mild cleanser is perfect for daily use. The rich lather washes away pollution, makeup and oily build-up while Bamboo Extract and organic proteins restore your skin’s natural moisture balance.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Cocomidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Polysorbate-20, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cranberry (Vaccinium Macrocarpon) Fruit Extract, Pomegranate (Punica Gradatum) Extract, Natural Flavour, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.

Why I Love This Product!
I’m loving this face wash so far. It has a really nice smell to it, very similar to candy! I was first hesitate because of the small bottle, however, I had discovered that a little goes a long way! It is very gentle on the skin without being too drying afterwards. I highly recommend this product. It’s nice when natural products work so well with my skin type!

 
Anti-Age FACE LOTION
This daily lotion protects your skin against the signs of aging with its firming formula containing Bamboo Extract and organic proteins. Its high silica content reinforces your skin’s natural defense against the onset of new fine lines. Skin is instantly soothed and hydrated for up to 24 hours. With continued use, the appearance of fine lines is reduced.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Caprylic / Capric triglyceride, Shea butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Stearic acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl alcohol, Sunflower (Helianthus annuus) oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Natural Flavour, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.

Why I Like This Product!
A little bit of the lotion can go a long way. I really enjoy how it comes with a pump so it’s very easy to dispense the product. My skin doesn’t feel heavy and oily after applying since it absorbs very quickly. As for odour, it doesn’t smell strong but the little odour it does have leaves just as quickly as it is absorbed. However, I don’t find this product provides enough moisture as my face does feel a little dry after using.

 

Skin Balancing MAKE-UP REMOVER WIPES
Organic Bamboo extract enriched formula is mild enough to use multiple times a day. 100% Bamboo wipes are lint free, unbleached and biodegradable.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Acacia Gum, Xantham gum, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Bamboo (Bambusa Arundinacea) Extract, Dodecyl Polyglucoside, Panthenol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Natural Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

Why You Should SKIP This Product!
I love how the wipes are 100% lint free, unbleached and biodegradable, but unfortunately, it was too gentle for my liking. It’s great at removing face makeup but it does not do the same for anything that’s waterproof. I also really like the fact that it has not just a sticker for sealing the cloths, but it has a front closure. This is great for ensuring that the cloths remain moist.

GET THOSE LEGS READY FOR SUMMER: ON THE GO SMOOTHNESS WITH GILLETTE VENUS SNAP

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Venus Snap is a perfect match for a busy and active lifestyle, whether you skipped a shave and need to be smooth now for a spontaneous night on the town or just missed a few hairs. The portable stylish compact features Venus’ best Embrace blades on a mini-handle that conveniently tucks into any bag, for the freedom to be spontaneous with must-have smooth skin anytime, anywhere.
 

Women lead busy and spontaneous lives these days. How many times have you been out and realized you missed a spot shaving – or forgot to shave completely?
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCTS
I am been using Venus razors ever since…puberty? I’m not kidding when I say that I always go back to Venus even after trying out other brands! Not only do I love the smoothness that I get from Venus razors but I have always found their designs to be the most chic! This year, Venus introduces a new kind of razor, one that can be carried around with you everywhere you go! It’s the first mini razor of its kind by Venus and comes with a chic, portable compact case and Venus’ best Embrace blade cartridge.
 

Throw it in your purse, gym bag, work drawer or car—never be without it! Plus, it has an easy-to-grip mini handle that fits into any Venus blade cartridge, giving you the perfect on-the-go shave no matter what blade you have to insert from home.
 

Smoothness in a snap is the ultimate travel essential! I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but I have this terrible habit of always missing a few hair here and there when I’m shaving in the shower. However, with this little razor in my purse, I can get rid of those hair in any washroom. All I have to do is simply wet the razor!
 

A refillable Gillette Venus Snap with Embrace razor, including a portable compact, has a suggested retail price of $15.99. A pack of four replacement cartridges has a suggested retail price of $22.49.
 

Where will your smooth legs take you this summer?

MANI-MONDAY: L’OREAL PARIS EXTRAORDINAIRE GEL-LACQUE NAIL 1-2-3 SYSTEM REVIEW AND SWATCHES

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Introducing our exclusive 3-step nail system for spectacular nails like you’ve never seen before. New L’Oréal Paris Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque provides high-gloss, and resilient shine while protecting nail color from dings, dents and scratches. Get the high-shine of a UV-Gel and the perfect nail shape without harmful UV rays.

An exclusive rubber silicone-infused formula helps perfectly coat the nail, offering multiple-day wear with a high-gloss, polished look. This formula allows for a more solid deposit on the nails and is infused into each of the 3 steps.
 
INGREDIENTS
ETHYL ACETATE, BUTYL ACETATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, NITROCELLULOSE, TRIPHENYL PHOSPHATE, VINYL DIMETHICONE/METHICONE SILSESQUIOXANE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYL PENTANYL DIISOBUTYRATE, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, ETHYL TOSYLAMIDE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, TOSYLAMIDE/EPOXY RESIN,CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE, BENZOPHENONE-1, ALUMINA, CITRIC ACID, DIMETHICONE, TIN OXIDE. [+/- MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR CI 77891 / TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77499 / IRON OXIDES MICA, CI 77120 / BARIUM SULFATE, CI 19140 / YELLOW 5 LAKE, CI 15880 / RED 34 LAKE, CI 77510 / FERRIC AMMONIUM FERROCYANIDE, CI 15850 / RED 7 LAKE, CI 15850 / RED 6 LAKE, CI 42090 / BLUE 1 LAKE
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Shake gently. After applying Gel-Primer, apply 2 coats followed by Extraordinaire Gel-Glaze.
 

L to R: Decadent Indulgence, Meant to Be, Miss Luster-ess, Diamond in the Buff, Glossed & Found
 

STEP 1: GEL PRIMER
Nail surface is instantly smooth and flawless
STEP 2: GEL COLOR
Color is richer, magnified to a new level of intensity nails are visibly thicker
STEP 3: GEL GLAZE
Shine is captured and reflected from every angle
 
WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCTS
I love at home gel products because let’s face it, not all of us have the money to afford getting new gel nails every other week. So I’m very excited that L’Oreal Paris has jumped on this bandwagon to create easy to achieve gel nails at home. What I’m really intrigued me about this system is that fact that you can get the gel results without using an LED or UV light! Thus, no harmful effects!
 


Pros
-Extremely FAST drying time! The base coat was completely dry when I started to apply the color for step #2. The color gel polish also dried really quickly and there was little wait time between coats or before I applied the top coat. I was super impressed with this!
-My nails are super shiny!
-Polish keeps it nicely for 5 days without any base wear or cracking. I find that the darker colors can even last up to a week
-The brush is wide enough to accommodate a variety of nail widths and lengths
-Unlike gel manicures, L’Oréal Extraordinarie Gel-Lacque can be removed with simple nail polish remover. And it doesn’t stain my nails.
-Initial cost of the system is less than one manicure
 
Cons
-Step 1 and 3 can only be used with L’Oréal Extrodinarie colors and cannot be used on any other polishes.
-I have to admit that even though there’s 21 shades, I’m not too happy with the color selection. I find that the colors are really too heavy on reds and dark colors. I wish there were some lighter colors or more green/blue shades. At the same time, I do understand that most people who go for gel manicures will lean towards those colors. Maybe in the future L’Oreal can expand this line to other colors as well.
 
L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacque 1-2-3 Primer / Glaze Lacque Top Coat Kit: $15.99 (Sold Together)
L’Oreal Paris Extraordinaire Gel Lacque Gel Glaze Colour: $8.99 (Sold Individually)
Now available at mass market retailers and drugstores across Canada

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (5/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

LEATHER SLEEVES

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Dynamite leather sleeve top (Buy here), H&M kids denim, Target wedge sneakers, Forever 21 leather cap
 
“A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act” – Happy Easter everyone to those who celebrates!

REVLON COLORBURST MATTE BALM IN ELUSIVE REVIEW (WITH SWATCHES)

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PRODUCT DESCRIPTION
Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm offers velvety color with balm-like moisture. Infused with a Triple Butter Complex of Shea, Mango and Coconut Butter. This retractable chubby crayon requires no sharpener.
 
INGREDIENTS
Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Octyldodecanol, Cera Alba ((Beeswax) Cire d abeille), BHT, Benzoic Acid.

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850:1), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).
 
FOR BEST RESULT
Step 1: Apply ColorBurst Matte Balm evenly to clean, bare lips. Build color and coverage as desired.
Step 2: Reapply as desired for moisturizing shine throughout the day.
 

WHY I LOVE THIS PRODUCTS
I’m finally getting around to reviewing these amazing matte balm by Revlon. This product is supposed to give the wearer a “velvety matte look” with just enough hydration to prevent lips from drying up. I’m really enjoying the jumbo-sized lip pencil because it’s always great to not have to use a sharpener. Elusive is a warm-toned pink with just a bit of yellow underneath. It has a satin-matte finish.
 

Pros:
-Highly pigmented: full color coverage
-Glides on the lips very smoothly
-Good wear time: more than 4.5 hours on lips.
-Not heavily scented: it has a slit mint smell

Cons:
-Not really as hydrating as a balm, but definitely better than any matte lipsticks that I’ve tried
-Retail price is a little steep at around $10 CAD per stick after tax. But if they are on sale, which I’ve noticed is usually the case now, they can go down to $5 CAD! :)
 

 
RATING
Product (4/5)
Cost (4/5)
Ease of Use (5/5)
Packaging (5/5)

THE THIRSTY THREE EXPERIENCE WITH LADY SPEED STICK NUTRA-SKIN AND THE TEN SPOT BEAUTY BAR (PLUS GIVEAWAY!)

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One of my local reader will get a chance to have the Thirsty-Three experience at The Ten Spot beauty in Toronto! So make sure you read to the very end of this post to enter the giveaway!


Hasn’t this felt like the harshest winter ever? Our cuticles and nails are dehydrated, our feet need some serious TLC and our delicate underarm skin has been parched from dry air, irregular shaving and a season of tight knits. Those areas are called the “thirsty three”.
 

As an expert on moisturizing, Kristen Wood CEO and Creator of Toronto’s beloved beauty and wax bar chain, The Ten Spot knows how parched your “thirsty three” can be. “Winter is hard on our hands, cuticles, feet and even our underarms. Tight sweaters, irregular shaving, perspiration and dry air can really affect that precious underarm real estate over the course of the long winter. Before you bare it, prepare it! Nutra-Skin, a new product from Lady Speed Stick*, provides moisturizers to soothe and nourish your sensitive underarm area without sacrificing the protection you need and expect from your antiperspirant.”

 

I arrived at The Ten Spot at Forest Hill this morning and was taken aback at how chic and modern the beauty bar looks. The staff was very friendly and they even had iPads for customers to use while they were receiving their treatments. The Thirsty Three experience consists of a manicure, a pedicure and an underarm waxing.
 

The first treatment was the underarm wax job. I didn’t take any photos when I was in the waxing room getting my underarms waxed. But the end result is incredible! My underarm feels so smooth and according to the beautician told me that on average a woman should get her underarms waxed every 6-8 weeks. She also told me that one of the many benefits of waxing is that the hair actually becomes thinner after waxing. I’m excited to see if this will happen to my unwanted hair.
 

Also, The Ten Spot is offering in the month of April, a 20% discount for clients’ first wax job. So now it’s the chance to get rid of any unwanted hair!
 

Next is the pedicure! This is me getting my toes done and enjoying a copy of InStyle. This is actually my very first time getting a pedicure! And I must say, I can get use to this! It’s so comfortable and relaxing.
 

Last but not the least, the manicure to wrap up the entire Thirsty Three experience. I love how fresh my nails look and the color is just stunning. Your three thirstiest, winter-parched parts will be treated with some summer beauty preparation (a manicure, pedicure and underarm wax) with the Thirst Three experience at The Ten Spot.
 

Finally, you can also pamper your Thirsty Three areas of your body with these products at the comfort of your home:
 
1. Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin with vitamin e. Skin conditioning formula for summer-ready skin. Trusted 24h protection against wetness and odour, enriched with moisturizers and skin conditioning emollients to smooth dry skin. Now available at major retailers across Canada.
2. Balea Warm Food Bath Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil is a balm that moisturizes and provides a warm sensation to the skin, leaving your feet feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
3. The Body Shop Vitamin E Hand & Nail Treatment that moisturises dry hands, conditions nails and softens cuticles.
4. Get Nailed nail polish boasts strong, saturated colours, long-lasting wear and easy application (with a brush that’s just perfect!). Colours are plucked right off the runway and new shades stay in the collection.

 
Giveaway Time!
The lovely people over at Lady Speed Stick Nutra-Skin, is giving one of my local readers a chance to try out the same Thirsty Three experience (valued at over $90 CAD) that I have today! The appointment must be made by April 30th and I will be choosing the winner randomly through rafflecopter. You can enter down below if you live in the GTA area, Guelph and Hamilton because The Ten Spot has beauty bars across Ontario!
 
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NAUTICAL BY NATURE

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From Hong Kong tutu dress, Converse sneakers, Double C iPhone 5 case
 
Navy, stripes, playful anchor prints embodies the life aquatic. While I’m not a huge follower of the nautical trend that’s been recurring on many designers’ runway (Take a look at Kenzo, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs), I still like to take my own spin on the style. This little navy striped dress with a soft tutu bottom is just that. I love how the organza can create such a breezy, summery silhouette and it flows so whimsically in the wind that it makes me somewhat like a little princess. Every girl deserves to be a princess.