Exploring Vegan Sunscreens with Alba Botanica

Alba Botanica, Review
Exploring Vegan Sunscreens with Alba Botanica

Over the past couple years, I’ve become more and more obsessed with wearing sunscreens. However, vegan sunscreens are a bit of a new venture for me. So, it got me excited to receive a package of vegan sunscreens from Alba Botanica.

Alba Botanica is a brand I had never heard of before but after checking out their website, I love the strong stance they have for protecting the environment and female empowerment. They have a range of products that goes from cleansers to face masks to sun protection and their products can be found at Whole Foods.

Exploring Vegan Sunscreens with Alba BotanicaTheir sunscreen offering includes the SPORT Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($16.99 / 177 ml / Available at Whole Foods & Loblaws), KIDS Continuous Spray Sunscreen SPF 50+ ($16.99 / 177 ml / Available at Whole Foods & Loblaws) and FACIAL Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40 ($9.99 / 113 ml / Available at Whole Foods & Loblaws). The sunscreens have broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and contain no oxybenzone, fragrances, preservatives, parabens, plus they don’t test on animals. The continuous sprays are eco-friendly and have an air-powered system with no chemical propellants and a clear, fast-drying mist that sprays at any angle. Plus, they’re formulated with botanicals like green tea, aloe leaf, algae, vitamin e and grapefruit water. All of the sunscreens are very emollient and water resistant (the SPORT is also sweat resistant) that lasts for 80 minutes until it needs to be reapplied. The FACIAL Sunscreen Lotion is fast absorbing, won’t clog your pores, and also contains botanical ingredients like aloe vera, ginseng, lavender, and calendula which hydrate and nourish your skin as it protects.

Exploring Vegan Sunscreens with Alba BotanicaFACIAL Sunscreen Lotion SPF 40

My Glittery Thoughts:

All of these sunscreens are very easy to apply and wear because they don’t make my skin feel sticky or like I have tons of product on. They work well underneath my makeup without disturbing it and I really like that they’re all water resistant, plus, they make my skin feel SO soft. You wouldn’t know that you’re wearing something vegan because they work just as well as any other sunscreen I’ve tried. I also love that they have an SPF of 40 and 50+ which gives me piece of mind that the sun has no chance of roasting my skin like a chicken. Overall, I’m really happy about discovering vegan sunscreens that make me feel good about what I’m putting onto (and into) my skin. If you’re looking for vegan sunscreens to try out that are very gentle, soothing and hydrating for your skin with a high broad spectrum SPF, you should definitely consider Alba Botanica sunscreens!

What do you think of Alba Botanica vegan sunscreens? Have you tried or heard of their products before?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.

Mary Kay Summer 2017 Collection

Mary Kay, Review
Mary Kay Summer 2017 Collection

This summer, 90s influenced makeup is still going strong with lots of browns and earthy tones showing up in tons of collections. But, there’s still tons of shimmer to go around! Mary Kay took the summer’s best on trend shades and brought them together for their Summer 2017 collection.

Mary Kay Summer 2017 CollectionThe Limited Edition Summertime Jewel Look is comprised of soft, warm and sultry shades featuring three mineral eye colours in Sweet Cream, Hazelnut and Emerald, a mineral cheek colour in Sunny Spice, an eyeliner in MK Black, and a Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick in Mauve Moment. The set retails for $89 and has a $97 value.

Mary Kay Summer 2017 CollectionFrom R-L: Sweet Cream – pale cream beige, Hazelnut – medium chocolate brown, Emerald – light-medium pear green, Sunny Spice – beige pink

Limited Edition Summertime Jewel Look‘s ($23) come in two shades – Giving Heart, a rosy pink, and Kind Heart, a pale peach that can be used as a highlighter. The purchase of each Baked Cheek Powder benefits the Mary Kay Foundation and its support of women’s shelters and survivors of domestic abuse.

Mary Kay Summer 2017 CollectionFrom L-R: Giving Heart – rosy pink, Kind Heart – pale peach, Mauve Moment – mauve pink

My Glittery Thoughts:

The stand outs for me in this collection are the Beauty That Counts Baked Cheek Powders. They are gorgeous and make my skin glow which is exactly what I want in a summer look. The compact is a cute little set that’s good for travelling and the shades can be popped out and switched with other eyeshadows or blushes. I would’ve liked to see the Emerald shade be a bit brighter and more pigmented since it is pretty light. However, if you’re a fan of neutrals, you will like the addition of the green because it acts like a neutral. The lipstick is a pretty shade of mauvy pink that has a creamy feel that isn’t matte but is very comfortable to wear. If you’re looking for a set of everything you would need to create an modern 90’s look, the Summertime Jewel Look set is a great option. But if you love your shimmers and anything that glows, I would highly recommend the baked cheek powders!

What do you think of the Mary Kay Summer 2017 Collection? What’s your favourite product from the collection?! Share your thoughts below!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.

Old vs. New: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner

Garnier, Review
Old vs. New: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner Review

A few years ago I reviewed the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser collection and at the time it was one of my favourite hair care lines to use. Well, it’s been recently revamped and I wanted to compare my old thoughts and the details about it to the new version and share which one is my favourite.

Old vs. New: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner ReviewThe new Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner contain Fruit Active Protein which is designed to make your hair healthier and stronger. They are formulated with Amia Fruit Extract and Phytokeratin (which was in the original formula), the plant based amino acids work to rebuild your hair’s strength from root to tip. It is a paraben-free and vegan formula. The original formula’s main highlight was that it contained Cupuacu Butter, as well as the Phytokeratin and there wasn’t any mention of them being paraben-free or vegan.

Price: $4 ea. / 370 ml (Shampoo) & 354 ml (Conditioner) / Available at Mass Retailers

Old vs. New: Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner ReviewOld Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Collection

My Glittery Thoughts – Which is Better?

They’ve put more thought and consideration into the revamped products by making them paraben-free and vegan which I really like. The products still have the same great smell I’ve come to know and love. The shampoo and conditioner are still light weight but very nurturing. I think they make my hair feel amazing afterwards with less frizz and more smoothness. My hair gets really dry on the ends but using these products makes my hair feel soft all over. So, overall I think they made a good product even better! I like that the new version is all about fruit active proteins and not about sneaking harsh ingredients in there. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly vegan shampoo and conditioner to try out that smells amazing and helps repair your hair, I highly recommend!

What do you think of the Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser Shampoo & Conditioner? Have you tried the old or new version? If so, which one is your favourite?!

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure: These products were provided for editorial consideration, however these are my honest opinions.