Jouviance Discovery Kit – A Review

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I was poking around Shoppers and noticed this kit on sale for $11.99 from $15.00. I’d never noticed this brand before but it turns out that they are from Montreal! I had to give them a try once I noticed that so I picked it up. I’ve been using this skin care kit for nearly a month now. I’m just about to run out so I thought it was a good time to sit down and write about my thoughts on the Jouviance Discovery Kit.

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Yes to Grapefruit Uneven Skintone Daily Facial Scrub

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I’ve chosen to breastfeed and as result I’m feeling very dehydrated lately! My skin is extra dry due to the dehydration and also because hormones are jerks. I’ve been having a tough time with dry patches so I decided it was time to overhaul my skin care routine! I needed to add exfoliating (and toning) to my skin care arsenal to help combat insane dryness! This is how Yes to Grapefruit Uneven Skintone Daily Facial Scrub entered my life!

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Nat’s January 2016 Favourites

I can’t believe how quickly January has come and gone. As I write this I am more than halfway through my pregnancy and hitting February just seems like it makes it that much closer to my due date. For January, the winter hasn’t been as brutal as other winters we have experienced before here in Ottawa. There are days of “holy moly it’s cold” but then it balances out with warmer weather. I AM SO OK WITH THIS. I hate winter. I miss going out on walks or just tinkering in my flower garden, hell, I just miss fresh air! Now that I have more energy (sorta) and feel like doing makeup, I am getting back into the swing of things and trying some stuff out. Other than wanting to do a drug store haul, I want to shop my stash and rotate things regularly to try and get the most out of my collection. I don’t intend to do a project pan, but more using certain palettes or blushes, etc. for a week or 2 to see if 1) I like it, 2) should I keep it and 3) will I reach for it in the future. I started late in the month so I don’t have much reviews for you soon, but Feb will start more reviews :). Below is what I enjoyed this month!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

This is an oldie but a goodie. I took it back out for a week in Jan (as part of what I am doing mentioned above) and did looks with it each day. Yup, I LOVE this palette. I didn’t think that I would really add the “it smells like chocolate” to the list of why I like it since I originally thought it was gimmicky but O.M.G. it smells like chocolate lol. It is a reason I like it, it adds something to it that no other palette has, a uniqueness if you will. The shadows are pigmented (some are better than others), blend well and go well together too. I found it easy to create looks for work and then add a darker colour for the evening. A lot of people recommend the Naked palettes for starters or people who ask, if I had to buy just one, which would it be, I say screw that, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is what you should get.

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Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick Duo in Cortado/Latte

This was part of Bite’s holiday sets, these duos are amazing. If you can get your hands on them, get them. It is a cheap way of getting 2 great shades of a great lipstick. It is not the most long wearing but I love how my lips feel with it on as it makes them smooth and moisturized. I have been raving since like day 1 of this blog and even before about these and I will keep doing it. This favorite is more for the shades. These are more neutral browns but not too brown that are very on trend lately. They compliment natural work day makeups very well.

 

Bite Agave Lip Mask in Champagne

In these winter months, even my lips are dry and I need something to bring them back to their original splendor. I had tried the sample size of the regular mask that doesn’t have a colour and I really liked it. I noticed a difference with my dryness of lips and it made a difference for application of lipstick after. But I only wore it at night before bed since it is a thick consistency and doesn’t really allow for any other colour to be applied over top. Missy got me the Lip Mask in Champagne for my birthday and with the added colour, it has gone from a nighttime application only to a potential daytime look if needed! Since it has a glossy, almost frosty finish, when my lips are super dry and lipstick just looks awful, I can just slap this on and look like I have some colour on my lips and that my look is more complete than bare lips with a lip balm. This lives in my purse.

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Bath and Body Works Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel

Being pregnant for me means being afraid of germs since I really don’t want to get sick (so far so good!). So that means I go through hand sanitizer like it’s candy.. except I don’t eat it for course lol. I was using just regular Purell but when I saw that Bath and Body Works reformulated their Anti-Bacterial hand gel, I had to try them. They have the same great smells as their candles and soaps so I was of course, drawn to them. I did try the old ones (in the triangle packaging) and never liked them because they would dry out my hands. I can’t stand dry hands. However, their new formulation has aloe and other moisturizing ingredients that made all the difference. Now I have these everywhere; two in my office at work, one in my kitchen, one in my living room, one in my purse and of course a few backups in my beauty room I got in my stocking on Christmas. 🙂

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First Aid Beauty (FAB) Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration

So I know this is probably old news as everyone has talked about this cream but it is new to me. I had a bunch of moisturizers to try and go through so I didn’t want to get another one to add to my wait list, these things aren’t cheap! When the Holiday sets came out, FAB had a fab-ulous kit for a good price that included the 6oz tub of this cream. I finished what I was using and what motivated me to try it and bump it up the wait list was that my skin is sooo dry (see my post on dry skin troubles and fixes) and parched due to winter and pregnancy that I needed something more heavy duty. And let me tell you, I am happy I am using this. I have seen such a difference in the hydration of my skin and how my makeup applies. I also use it on other dry patches of skin anywhere on my body and it is a miracle worker. I have dry patches of skin on my forearms that have been there for a long time always itchy and annoying, I applied this cream and the next day they were gone. If they flare up, I just put more and they begone again! All to say that I love this cream and in winter it will be my go-to for sure.

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-Nat

Reptilian Dry Winter Skin Troubles??

Well, it has come, winter in Ottawa… We had a mild and green/brown Christmas but a few days later and BAM 21cm of snow… big big storm and with that came colder weather. What does that mean? The return of dry skin. Yes, the menace is back! I have dry skin year round but it is manageable in Summer and I even have some days where the dry is fully hydrated! But during the winter, it’s dry skin all day, every day. To top it off, I am pregnant (yay! 1st baby on the way) which means that I not only need to hydrate normally, but I am vomiting multiple times a day, which makes it even more important to stay hydrated. All that to say, that keeping on top of hydrating this winter is challenging!

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If you are suffering the same dry-skin-reptilian-like-winter-skin-blues, (whether you are pregnant or not), here are some tips that can help anyone with their dry skin troubles:

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They’re Back! – La Chatelaine Hand Creams!

Last year I posted about these creams (see post here), and they are back again at Costco. When I saw these come back, I had to pick one up for my mom, sister-in-law and myself for Christmas.

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To know more details about the creams, go see my last post, where I rave about these. But I will say this: I have absolutely fallen in love with these hand creams. The claims are true, they are not greasy and absorb very quick into the skin leaving them feeling soft and hydrated. These are made in France, are completely cruelty free and are made with a blend of 20% organic shea butter and argan oil that moisturizes and repairs dry skin.

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The $10 Weekly – Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution

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I picked this up at Shoppers for $6.95. It’s a makeup remover that doesn’t require rinsing after you remove your makeup. I thought it’d be fun to do a review on it for the $10 Weekly because it’s hard to find products like this for less than $10. After my first use I basically could say “Yup. It works.” I was a little disappointed in how boring it is to describe makeup remover… but then. Then I thought what if I do a show down between Bioderma and Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution??? So this is what we have here for this weeks post. A mortal combat of makeup removers.

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Yay or Nay Sunday – Live Clean Body Butter

This week on Yay or Nay Sunday – Live Clean Body Butter. 

A couple weeks ago, Sheena posted about 3 other Live Clean products. You can read about them here.  Were were sent these items by Live Clean and we decided to review them. Honest review only, promise 😀

I tried this body butter since I cannot get enough hydrating products since I have very dry skin, especially on my legs. The hunt continues for the perfect body butter and when a Canadian, cruelty-free, eco-friendly brand with plant ingredients comes along, it is hard to pass up!

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Live Clean Body Lotion, Soap and Hand Soap

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A while ago I wrote a post about the Live Clean Facial Wipes, here. I was really taken with Live Clean. Their product was excellent, the price was right, the brand is Canadian and eco-minded which is something that lately I’ve been taking more interest in. I also mentioned their shampoo & conditioner in one of my monthly favourites. I’ve since repurchased their shampoo & conditioner but switched to a slightly cheaper Pacifica brand facial wipe. Since I wrote about them a few times Live Clean’s PR company reached out to me and offered to send me new products. I’ve never done anything like that before but I felt pretty great that they liked my posts so I agreed to try out some new products if they so chose to drop them in the mail for me. Now as I mentioned, no one on 3 Canadian Beauties has ever accepted products before so I didn’t know what to expect. I wrote them back a big looooong email all about how this blog for us is a hobby and so I will fully write my 100% true opinion. I heard nothing back from them but several weeks later a box arrived at my door. It contained body wash, hand wash and body lotion. It’s up to you to decide if I’m being honest in the following review or not so here we go:

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Skin Care Round Up

 

This might feel like a bit of a random post. I have a few skincare items that I have some comments on but not enough to say to write a full post. This is mainly because I didn’t like them and since I didn’t like them I didn’t use them enough to write a full, informative and objective post. I figured I’d list them out and add my 2 cents just in case it’s of value to anyone.

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Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual Kit – A Review

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In preparation for the summer, I snagged the Josie Maran Argan Skincare Ritual kit during the last Sephora sale. I chose it because the moisturizer contained in this kit is highly regarded on Paula’s Choice and it contains a ton of SPF!  The issue is if I outright bought the moisturizer it would be $40 but this kit was only $30 and allowed me to try a few other products at the same time while saving a few bucks.

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – A Review

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I’ve been slowly boarding the tinted moisturizer train! I have one from Andalou that is the perfect thing in certain circumstances accept that it has a very shiny finish. But it was about $10 so I never really complained. It did the job! This summer I wanted to try some higher end tinted moisturizers so I grabbed the premium sample version of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in the shade Alaska. This travel sized version was more expensive than the full sized Andalou tinted moisturizer! Ouch! I have to be honest, it was totally worth it.

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La Chatelaine Hand Cream Kit – Why Don’t You Have One Yet??

I went to Costco this weekend and I found this awesome kit; 12 of the La Chatelaine hand cream. Hell’s yaaaassss, who doesn’t like a good hand cream.

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The sizes of these are 1 fl. oz each and are very decently sized. Since there are so many, you can leave them everywhere! Like me, I have one at work, one next to my computer at home, one in my purse and one in my living room.. Yes, I am cray cray. They come in this great big tin and I will for sure keep as it is cute and will fit tons of stuff in it. The kit cost $29.99 which makes every hand cream $2.50 + the tin. What a great value!!! If I compare them to L’Occitane (because the formula is similar), their 1oz bottles are $12 CAD on Sephora, so this makes this value even better.

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