Saturday, 6 August 2016

BVspa by Bon Vital' Salt and Sugar Scrubs - a microbead alternative

Bon Vital' , the makers of BVspa started out in 1988, focusing on producing quality, all natural and organic treatments. They became the first branded manufacturer in the wellness industry to become completely paraben free and is the #1 preferred brand of professional massage therapists. So, with a track record like that, you can see why I was interested in trying out some of their products.

What was sent to me to review were the BVspa Sugar Scrub in the rejuvenating scent Pomegranate & Acai Berry and BVspa Salt Scrub in the soothing and relaxing scent of Lavender & Rosemary.

BVspa Sugar Scrubs
"Gently polish and buff away dry, dull skin for a smooth and radiant glow with Natural Sugar Crystals, Safflower Seed Oil and Jojoba Oil. Perfect for everyday use, or for those with more sensitive skin."

I felt the sugar scrub had a good balance of sugar granules and mixture of oils that left my skin feeling hydrated and smooth. The sugar granules were fine enough that they didn't feel like they were scratching, more like buffing away the top layer of dead skin. I can see myself reaching for this scrub to rid of all my dry skin all over before applying any sort of self tanner. The scent was nice and strong while I was using the product and left behind a faint aroma of pomegeante and acai berry on my skin. 

BVspa Salt Scrub
"Comfortably remove dry, calloused, dead skin from difficult areas with a moderate level of exfoliation for a soft and smooth feel using Dead Sea Salt, Olive Oil, and Jojoba Oil."

The salts scrub felt more coarse compared to the sugar scrub, it is definitely the more heavy duty scrub between the two. This scrub works best on areas of your body needing a bit more TLC and exfoliation such as the heels of the feet or elbows. I can see myself using the salt scrub before giving myself a pedi or on my legs during the wintertime where I find my skin to be the most dry and flaky. It also left behind a faint scent of the Lavender and Rosemary.

The downside, I found that due to the thick consistency of the scrubs, it made it hard to dispense from the tube. Not sure if I'm just a weakling or if the scrubs had to be warmed up a little bit before use. Don't get me wrong though, I do prefer the more hygienic tube format over a jar.

What I admire most from this company is their use of natural ingredients like salt and sugar opposed to plastic microbeads in their scrubs. Not only do the salt and sugar do an excellent job of exfoliating, they dissolve and ultimately are not detrimental to our ecosystem the way microbeads are. Also, they did not leave a oily slippery (and downright hazardous) residue on the tub surface like most scrubs do.

You can currently find BVspa products at Shopper's Drug Mart for $11.99

After a quick search online, it is suggested that if you want to discard any products containing plastic mircobeads it is recommended you send the product back to the manufacturer or separate the microbeads yourself with the help of a coffee filter or fine cheesecloth or some even suggest tossing them in the trash, as the microbeads would be better off sitting in a landfill than in our ecosystem. But the one thing to avoid doing is flushing them down the drain or toilet.

Until next time,


*press sample*

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Lady Queen Water Decals

I finally had some time to play around with some water decals Lady Queen sent me. If you are unfamiliar with Lady Queen, it is an online shop that sells nail, beauty and fashion related products. They were kind enough to offer our readers 15% off regular priced items using code "AWLC15" at checkout.

I opted to keep things simple with a layer of sheer polish and a matte top coat to keep the spotlight on these gorgeous water decals (item# BLE 2284) of classy looking ladies. Like with most of their decals, these were easy to apply and I was able to shift them around on the nail until I was satisfied with their position. 

These decals are priced at $1.99USD and come with 19 decals in 5 different designs.

Until next time,


*press sample*

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in 200 and 208

Last year has been the year of the highlights for me. It was when I bought my first highlighter and became hooked. Since then I've accumulated an good variety of highlighter, from powder to liquid to stick format.

A product I heard worked great as a highlighter but was not sold in Canada were the Kiko Cosmetics Water Eyeshadows. Now, back in high school or even college I'd call myself crazy for even thinking of using an eye shadow as face product, but since then I've broadened my horizons and realized just because the packaging says its for the eyes or lips doesn't necessarily mean you need to follow suit. Plus you'll get more use out of a product if it serves a multiple purpose.

The water eyeshadows come in over 20 shades and can be used wet or dry. Mir managed to hook me up with shades Champagne 200 and Light Gold 208. I found them to be highly pigmented, even when used dry. Sometimes I wish cosmetic companies wouldn't make their products so pretty, I had to force myself to start to use them and disturb the beautiful design.

The product felt soft and silky and left my eyes and cheeks glowing. I was however, disappointed with the amount of microglitter there was in the formula. I would've preferred a matte or sheen finish.

Light gold 208 is the gold shimmer (top 2 swatches), dry and then wet. Champange 200 is a taupe shimmer (bottom 2 swatches), seen dry and then wet. When applied wet the shadows are much more pigmented but whether dry or wet the colour payoff is pretty good and I feel is flattering on all skin tones.

I'm not sure when Kiko will come to Canada (currently their website does not ships to Canada). But when I will be traveling to Vegas next year you can bet that I will make a stop at their physical shop.

Until next time,


*products were purchased*

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

CND Nail Rescue Kit

Recently I was in Colorado on holidays and the dry weather there really wrecked havoc on my nails. I found that with every ding to my nail, a corner would snap right off. By the end of the trip I was left with some abstract shaped nails. Luckily for me this package from RevlonPro came just in time, inside this package was CND's nail rescue kit. #CNDRescueKit contained all the nail care products to restore my nails.

Included in the kit:
  • RescueRXx
  • Cuticle Eraser
  • Solar Oil
  • Scrub Fresh
  • 4 Vinylux Polishes in the shades:
    • Be Demure
    • Desert Poppy
    • Date Night
    • Lavender Lace
  • Vinylux Weekly Topcoat
  • Nail file

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Born Pretty Store 3D Nail Charm Wheel Review

Hi all, hope you all had a great weekend. I'm back at it again with another item from Born Pretty Store to share.

This time I have an assorted 3D nail charm wheel (item #23911) to review. The charms come in a 12 section nail wheel which swivels open to the compartment you want access to. There are 12 charms in the wheel (pictures below show the variety), some of my favourites include the rocking horse, turtle and Cleopatra bust. I do have to note that a couple of the charms looked a little funny. For one, the elephant was quite misshapen and the sitting fairy took me a couple minutes to see what I was looking at. Otherwise I felt that the other charms were quite unique and detailed. The charms are currently marked down to $1.99USD from $4.00USD.

Here are some looks I created with some of the charms....

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Born Pretty Store Pearl High Heel Nail Charms Review

Greetings! Awhile back Born Pretty Store sent me a package of some nail charms to review. Today I have the Pearl High Heel Nails Charms in gold (item #24084). The two things I like most about Born Pretty Store is the variety of items they have on their site and their modest prices. These charms are no different, measuring in approximately 1.1cm wide these little high heel charms have clusters of pearl that add to their character and looks absolutely adorable.

However, I thought that the size of the charms were too big for my nail and weren't nearly as curved as I would've liked them to be. They were too bulky on my nails, almost ridiculously so. They were too wide and hung off my nail and because they stuck up so much it caught onto things easily so I had to take them off fairly quickly as I knew it probably wouldn't take much to tear them off my nails. I think these charms would work best in conjunction with acrylics or with someone with a flatter nail bed and longer nails.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!

Until Next Time,


*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Born Pretty Store Triangle Nail Studs Review

Salutations! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Things are were super busy at work but now that things are slowing down slightly I am trying to use my spare time after work for something more productive like blogging.

Today I have another nail product from Born Pretty Store to share with you all. This time around they are the Triangle Nail Studs (item #24096). They come in a package of 2 with a choice of gold and silver, they measure approximately 4 by 5 mm in size. They are regularly priced at $3.07USD but are currently marked down to 0.99USD.

The charms were very easy to use, I could easily pick them up with tweezers and place with them with control exactly where I wanted them to go. They aren't curved but because they are relatively small in size I was able to push them into the wet polish and found that it helped prevent any edge of the stud to stick up.

If you plan on checking out Born Pretty Store and can't resist the urge to purchase some nail art goodies use our code "AMPK31" to receive 10% off regular priced items!

Until Next Time,


*** These products were provided in exchange for my honest review.***

Saturday, 12 March 2016

CND Spa Collection

"INTRODUCING NEW CND SPA - INSPIRED BY NATURE, ROOTED IN SCIENCE. Escape on a journey of relaxation and tranquility. CND unlocks the beauty of botanicals that effectively prep, purify, perfect and restore for a new level of spa benefits. Treat yourself to a sensorial experience infused with the nurturing essences of fruits and flowers. Delight in indulgent care and personalized results."

The new CND Spa Collection features the scents Gardenia Woods, Bright Citron and Cucumber. The Gardenia and Bright Citron scents both offer a soak, scrub, masque and lotion. The Cucumber scent offers 2 treatments targeted for dry calloused heels.

"Escape on a journey of relaxation. Our botanical spa collection delivers a new level of treatment benefits for beautiful results. 4-step system lets you customize services with a choice of fragrance moods and add-ons for deeper care. Let the indulgence begin. Inspired by nature. Rooted in science. New CND Spa Collection."

GARDENIA WOODS – Leaves skin luxuriously soft with every touch.
With white floral fragrance notes, gardenia and jasmine, this system will hydrate, moisturize and soften skin with its
replenishing and purifying botanical blend of chamomile and sandalwood.

Softening sea salt bath delicately cleanses without drying skin.
Creamy skin polisher with moisture beads gently removes dull surface cells for a smoother texture.
Clarifying treatment softens skin and gives it a luminous glow.
All-day hydrating veil nourishes skin to leave it touchably soft.

BRIGHT CITRON – Brightens up every mood.
With notes of pink grapefruit and warm amber, this system will restore radiance and brighten skin’s appearance with its
botanical blend of hydrating honey and purifying kaffir lime.

Refreshing sea salt bath gently cleanses impurities while softening skin.
Gentle citrus scrub polishes and perfects skin for a glowing radiance.
Luminizing mask lifts impurities and enhances clarity to leave skin glowing.
All-day hydrating lotion replenishes moisture for skin so silky and smooth.

CUCUMBER HEEL THERAPY – Get smoother with every step.Smooth away rough edges with exfoliating Alpha-Hydroxy Acids. Immerse in an intense moisturizing treatment and
refresh, relieve and hydrate heels with natural cucumber for the perfect finish to a pampering spa pedicure.

Professional-strength serum with concentrated Alpha-Hydroxy Acids softens tough skin in minutes
to reduce calluses.
Therapeutic cream soothes dry, rough heels with a deeply-moisturizing botanical complex of
cucumber, aloe and chamomile.

Overall thoughts: I had the opportunity to try the gardenia woods lotion at the preview event last month and I brought home a bright citron lotion in my press kit. I loved the gardenia woods scent, it had just the right amount of floral in it and it reminded me a bit of Marc Jacob's Dot perfume. If I see this lotion in store I will definitely pick it up. The bright citron scent was a little misleading, on the tube the scent was described as kaffir lime and honey but smelled exactly like grapefruit. Aside from that I thought the scent was nice and refreshing. I think I will use this lotion the most in the summertime since it feels like and absorbs quickly into the skin. There's nothing more I dislike than greasy skin from creams/lotions that just sit on the surface of the skin.

Retail Pricing:
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion $21.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Scrub $31.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Soak $25.90 / 8.4 oz
Gardenia Woods / Bright Citron Lotion Masque: $29.90 / 8.4 oz
Cucumber Heel Therapy Intensive Treatment $59.90 / 425 g

The new CND Spa Collection is available worldwide March 2016. Visit for more information.

Until next time,