Province Apothecary is a Canadian based company located in Toronto, Ontario ! They are an organic skincare line that carries a wide range of products from eye serums to botanical perfumes! I want to first mention that I am a huge fan of their skincare. I received a gift from my sister that included the moisturizing cleanser and remover, invigorating toner and rejuvenating face serum and I absolutely loved it.
The lovely team at Province Apothecary (P.A) were kind enough to send me a few of the items I absolutely loved such as the moisturizing cleanser, rejuvenating + hydrating face serum! A couple items they were kind enough to add in my package were the their 100% organic cotton cloth as well as a healing eczema balm.
From left to right (top photo)
1. Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum
2. Moisturizing Cleanser + Make up Remover
3. Healing Eczema Balm
4. Enhancing + Replenishing Eye Serum
Rejuvenating + Hydrating Face Serum : I fell in love with this product by my 3rd use . Why? It kept my skin extremely moisturized throughout the night and into the morning up until my makeup application ! I always thought that serums were supposed to be a bit more on the "liquidy" side as opposed to a thicker formula like oil but boy was I wrong! I've been enjoying using this product on my skin right and I'm definitely keeping it in my night time regimen.
Healing Eczema Balm : I loved that Apothecary created a product that combats Eczema. I myself, have patches of Eczema that flare up on the knuckles of right hand in the colder months of our Canadian climate. I was skeptical of this balm seeing that I haven't found many that have worked on my skin but let me tell you..this product for me was a game changer. Here is a before and after picture of my knuckles!
The first photo was taken on May 23rd, 2018 and the second on June 10th, 2018 !
I purposely didn't add any lotion or moisturizers to my skin in the second photo to show you that the dry patches are gone. This balm contains zinc and calendula in it which is an active ingredient that helps relieve itchy skin. I highly suggest this product to those who have skin irritations.
The size of the product is literally the size of a lip balm canister, a convenient carry in your front pocket. Applied by hand, the balm itself is is neither thick or oily on skin, which is good news- you don't find yourself thinking if you are going to find an oily patched stain on your cute new blouse!
Long story short: This product is the Balm (pun intended).
Moisturizing Cleanser + Makeup Remover: I have never seen a product like this until it was gifted to my by my sister. I was always used to cleansing my face with a make up remover cloth followed by cleanser that had the consistency of lotion so you can imagine me trying this product for the first time when receiving it. I just wanted to quickly quote what their website states about this product :
"Our Moisturizing Cleanser + Make Up Remover with Avocado & Raspberry Oil is great for all skin types. These hydrating oils remove make up & excess oil, restoring your skin’s natural radiance while gently cleansing without over-drying your skin or destroying its natural pH. Raspberry Oil stimulates cell turnover, rejuvenating skin. Bergamot Oil clears congestion. Frankincense tones the skin. Lavender heals blemishes and works as a restorative. This essential oil blend calms, reduces stress, and relaxes your parasympathetic nervous system. Our cleanser helps your skin stay nourished, balanced, and healthy" . (Source: https://provinceapothecary.com/collections/face-body/products/moisturizing-cleanser-make-up-remover)
Now back to my review -- this cleanser is literally one of the and make up remover is definitely one of the coolest items I've added to my night time regimen. I absolutely love that it adds the extra moisture to my skin without drying it out like most cleansers tend to do. It literally adds a layer of added moisturizer to my skin which I think is amazing because who doesn't want the extra moisturizer? When you go to sleep at night, your skin starts to starts to repair and regenerate your skin cells as well as absorb the products your put on it. Your skin is definitely more receptive to certain products so make sure you're putting on high quality products and ingredients that will give you the best maximum impact and improve your skin's appearance. I also love that his product is full of essential oils that help fight stress because I can use all the stress relievers, especially as a new mom ( I love you to pieces Dominic...) !
Enhancing + Replenishing Eye Serum : Again, there is nothing I love more than a hydrating eye serum. This product is an oil based eye serum that contains 13 active whole plant ingredients to benefit those tired looking mommy eyes like mine. I found that this particular eye oil sinks in immediately, so you can still apply concealer over top IF you wanted to. I apply this on my under eyes right before bed followed by the hydrating and rejuvenating face serum. It's light enough that they won’t cause milia or other tiny breakouts in this sensitive zone which was one of my concerns. It's natural ingredients definitely helped soothe and de-puff my zombie tired looking eyes a lot better than products I've used in the past! I'm in love, love, love!!
Thank you Province Apothecary for making amaaaaaaazing organic skin care products!! If you're interested in trying any of these products, please be sure to check out www.provinceapothecary.com !
Tiber River Naturals is a company based out of my hometown Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada! They make amazing, safe and natural products from skin care, baby products and cleaning products ! Also all their products are hand-made with their own special formulas and manufactured locally on a daily basis. I first wanted to mention that I am a huge fan of the Tiber River Naturals products. I was first introduced to their products when my sister purchased a few soaps for my birthday! My favorites are Espresso Yourself soap and SOS soap. I have very sensitive skin during the winter and it seems to calm it down when I have flare ups!
These products were kindly given to me by the Tiber River Naturals team and I couldn't be happier with the products they gave me to try! Let's start off with these 2 baby products they added on to my PR package!
It was super sweet of Tiber River Naturals to give me products for my 6 month old son. Now that I am a mother, I am very conscious about what I put on my skin since I'm always smothering my son with kisses! I would never want to irritate his skin, especially if I can take preventative measures.
The Bottoms Up Tiber Baby products smell aaahmaaazing ( BTW: that word I just used will be used quite frequently in this review...just saying). It has a light camomile and lavender smell to it, not overpowering at all. What I loved most about the body lotion is that I was able use it on my son's bottom for his diaper rash! I was ecstatic to read on their website that this product could also be used on diaper rashes! It didn't irritate his skin at all, and I was careful to try a little at first just to make sure. I wish that all parents would switch to chemical free products for their babies and children, it's truly the safest route for them !
I'm actually really into this product right now...I've used a lot of dry powder shampoos in the past and I found they left a ton of residue on my hair after using it for weeks. I tested this product out and found it left very minimal residue on my scalp. It's quite normal for residue to stick around from products like these but I'm happy it's not a lot!
This cleaners works pretty amazing for people who have normal-oily skin ! I as well as my husband who also has normal-oily skin and we both found that it was a very nice light cleanser without an overpowering smell. I very much enjoyed it!
This shower shake body cleanser smells aaaamaazing .... I mean...it has a very clean smell with a hint of citrus! Love the small exfoliating beads in it that leaves my skin soft and smooth! A nice little prep before putting on their amazing body lotion in Lemon Drops and Muffin Tops!
PEOPLE. This bubbilicious shampoo.......... O M G. In my previous post on my INSTA-Stories, I noted that this particular shampoo will make any child want to SHOWER EVERY DAY. Children get lazy, they get bored, they get annoyed of showering, clearly they have better things to do...but not in this case. THIS PRODUCT is a game changer. I wanted to eat my hair, it smelt so yummy!! I literally wanted to chew on the shampoo. GET IT !!!
This was a very nice, light moisturizer! Another product that is perfect for those who have normal to oily skin! It's not extremely thick and doesn't add on the extra oil that some heavy duty moisturizers leave on your face! It also has a nice, light non-overpowering scent to it!
Lemon drops and muffin tops ya'll. I can't stop putting this body butter on!! It feels so luxurious on your skin, especially after a nice warm shower! I also love how the smell stays on your skin all night, it'll definitely get you points with your significant other..hehe. It truly smells like a lemon poppyseed muffin. I can't get enough of it! It's buttery smooth texture will make anyone fall in love with it.
This green tonic spray is quite heavenly. It doesn't have an overpowering smell, and I love that it's main ingredient in it is green tea! How amazing is it to put all those antioxidants on your face and be able to leave it all day? This is such a refreshing step in my skin regimen that I can't live without it now!
The Bellini & Zucchini Lemon Peel soaps are so yummy smelling! I feel like that is the theme of this whole blog post? Tiber River does an amazing job formulating the scents of their soaps! It literally makes you want to stay in the shower ALL DAY LONG! These soaps give you that squeaky clean fell feel that I absolutely live for. Out Darn Spot laundry bar soaps is SOOOOOOO cool! ! I absolutely love that it's used to take stubborn stains off clothing without using harsh chemicals! I used this on my son's clothing full of baby food and it worked amazing! Simply run water on the garment, rub this on, leave it on for a few minutes, give it a little lather and rinse off! This product is a great product to throw in your travel bag if you're going on a trip! No bulk whatsoever :)
Tiber River Naturals... take my money. Their superb natural products are so original and the fact that all their products are safe for our skin is such a bonus. You won't be disappointed! If you're wanting to try any of these products in this post, check out www.tiberriver.ca! Comment below if you have any questions on the products I blogged about in this post! I'd be happy to let you know any details I didn't include.
LipSense! It's a product that I've been quite curious about! I was super excited to review this product when my friend contacted me about them. I've seen them all over Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, you name it. A few flight attendants that I know are also SeneGence reps, and they've been raving about this product! I'll tell you exactly how I feel about this " long wear " lip product.
On the Lipsense website it states that " LipSense is the premier product of SeneGence and is unlike any conventional lipstick, stain or color. As the original long-lasting lip color, it is waterproof, does not kiss-off, smear-off, rub-off or budge-off! Create your own color palette by combining colors from over 50 shades." (Source - www. lipsense.com) .
According to www.lipsense.com , their products:
- Use naturally reoccurring ingredients
- Are made in the United States for stringent quality control
- Are made in ‘Pharmaceutical Grade’ rated manufacturing facility
- Have NO animal testing and no animal by- products (We use alternative sources)
- Are formulated without drying waxes and harmful lead
- Are All products formulated with FDA approved ingredients
So there you have it's a kiss proof, water proof, won't smear or rub off lipstick...but did it live up to it's marketing and hype?
I received 3 gorgeous colors :
Fire 'N Ice: a cool toned red lipstick with a hint of pink.
Bombshell: a sheer frosty pink champagne like color.
Bella: a universally flattering matte color that falls under the neutral category. It may appear brown or a pink mauve on others. It was definitely more of a pinky mauve on myself.
In the package I also received 2 additional products which helps seal and remove the lip product on your lips. Above shows the gloss that seals the color on your lips, adds a nice gloss and allows your lips to feel moisturized after the 3 applications. The "glossy gloss" is a topcoat which is the most moisturizing out of the 12 gloss options. It contains shea butter which softens and protects the skin. It also has Vitamin E which helps repair dry lips. The "Ooops! Remover" is a corrector in case you make a mistake when applying the the color on your lips (eg. over lining) . It's basically what you suet remove LipSense off of your lips at the end of the day.
The above photos from right to left shows the stages of each application.
Photo #1 : At 10:00am I decided to apply LipSense on my lips since I knew I'd be out all day and I wanted it to be a true review for you all. In this first photo, I unfortunately forgot to keep my mouth open while applying it which is quite crucial when applying the thin layers on your lips. It helps prevent it from looking patchy. You're actually supposed to keep your mouth open and one swipe applications throughout the the application process. I applied Fire 'N Ice in photo.
Photo #2: Another application of Fire'N Ice
Photo #3 & #4 : I decided to add a layer of Bella to give it a deeper mauve color.
Photo #5: I sealed it with the gloss .
Photo #6: I took this photo at 12:30pm after having my tea!
Photo #7: Three hours later, right after eating my greasy, but yummy cheeseburger you can notice that the gloss isn't on anymore? I'm ain't mad at cha' LipSense. My lips stayed moisturized even with the gloss application. I'm not a huge gloss girl anyway so I didn't mind that it looked matte throughout the day. You can totally keep applying gloss throughout the day if you're into shine- it doesn't affect the wear of your lipstick.
Photo #8: 7:00pm ! It's still on ya'll. I'm impressed. With the amount of eating and drinking that I did throughout the entire course of the day, I was certain that LipSense product would have rubbed off by then.
---> FINAL THOUGHTS......
Two words to describe this product- Long lasting. This product is great for anyone who is on the go and have absolutely no time to touch up their lipstick after every meal or beverage. I found that the product stayed on with extremely minimal "wear and tear" after hours of use. I do highly, highly recommend that you use a lip scrub before using this product as it will settle in the dry skin. I would compare this product with lip stains because of the feel it gives on my lips. To my surprise, my lips did not feel dry and did not flake while having this product on for many hours, even after eating ( I was skeptical when I first heard that this kept your lips moisturized throughout the day). Granted that the product works wonderfully - it's durability is it's distinguishing trait. But a word of caution? It can be a bit challenging removing the product at the end of the night with the Ooops Remover. Maybe I'm doing the process all wrong? I would swipe the remover all over my lips, wait a few seconds and remove with a paper towel. I had to repeat this procedure about 3 to 4 times before all the product was off my lips. However, this would not deter me from purchasing this product in the future!
I also love the fact that they have 50 colors that can be mixed one color on top of another? The colors you can create with this product are endless!
If you're in the Winnipeg, Manitoba CANADA area and would like to purchase LipSense products, Please check out Lux AesthetiKa located at 1275 Jefferson Avenue , or visit their website luxaesthetika.com for more information!
I have partnered up with JORD Watches to give you all the chance to win a $100 gift code to use on their website! Their sleek wooden watches make the perfect gift for Mothers Day ...or yourself! Be sure enter the giveaway as soon as possible, the contest ends on May 13th ! I'm absolutely in LOOOOOVE with my Zebra Wood & Champagne JORD Watch ! The gold dial makes for a luxe design as well as the gold dials and hands. The light brown wooden strap casing matches quite well with my casual chic outfits! I couldn't believe how gorgeous the box that the watch came in was, it's absolutely stunning. Here are a few photos of the gorgeous watch I chose from the FRANKIE Collection! Ps. I have a feeling my husband has his eye on this watch...I caught him trying it on the other day! Shhhh....
Here is the link to enter!!! www.jordwatches.com/g/paperdollsarah
Good luck to all the entrants !!!
BORN: November 5th, 2017
Weight: 6 lbs, 14 oz
Height : 52 cm
The labor was long ya'll. It was a whopping 30 hours of labor and about 20 minutes of pushing this little one out! Wow what an experience! I have never been more proud of myself than I was that day. I could not have done it without my amazing husband Jon who stayed awake with me the whole time. The constant encouragement helped me in ways I didn't think was possible. Everyone.. take a moment and welcome my son, Dominic Jude Velasco!
Charmaine truly made our dreams come true with this amazing maternity photoshoot we had with her!