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Skincare Saturday: Live Clean Spa Therapy

Live Clean Spa Therapy

I’m really hoping you guys don’t mind the overabundance of Live Clean products that have taken over my blog for skincare posts! Because, truth be told, I really, REALLY love their products and they keep knocking it out of the park with every new product I try! (And they’re actually affordable! All the items I’ve tried out so far in their lineup are around the $10 and under price point!)

Live Clean Spa Therapy
Live Clean Spa Therapy

Also, fun fact about these photos, our bathroom had JUST been recaulked which is such a relief since now I can take bathroom photos without grossing you out (oh the joys of past tenants not taking care of their tub in a rental unit!).

Anyway, on to the products, I don’t believe the Live Clean Spa Therapy items are new to the brand, but they are definitely new to me. And, as with all Live Clean products, the Spa Therapy range is plant derived and eco-friendly!

Live Clean Spa Therapy
Live Clean Spa Therapy

The Spa Therapy Soothing Dead Sea Salts are your traditional epsom and Dead Sea salts bath soak that help to soothe muscle aches and relax you. From a personal standpoint, I find these kinds of salts to be exact thing I want to throw in my bath after having a stressful workout. The overall scent on the soak is predominantly lemon (to my nose) with hints of lavender, eucalyptus and a very small hint of ginger.

The Live Clean Spa Therapy Moisturizing Foam Bath produces a TON of bubbles!
The Live Clean Spa Therapy Moisturizing Foam Bath produces a TON of bubbles!

My favourite of the two products though is definitely the Moisturizing Foam Bath. I have long complained about bubble baths not actually producing enough bubbles so it’s really, really nice when I encounter a product that delivers me plenty o bubbles! Like the bath soak above, this one does have lemon, lavender and eucalyptus, but the punch of ginger is a bit stronger in this one which makes it really revitalizing.

In general, I’m more of a bubble bath kind of person, but dang if that bath soak doesn’t feel wonderful after I’ve pushed myself to the limits during a tough weightlifting session! Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong with the Live Clean Spa Therapy line!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Skincare Saturday: Lush 2017 Valentine’s Day

Lush always knows how to come through with their seasonal collections – their currently released Valentine’s Day one is enormous!

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

The first item I immediately tried out was the Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb. I had just finished up my soccer game for the evening and wanted to take a relaxing bath.

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

The scent on this one is very rose-centric (not surprising though now is it??) with a hint of lemon oil.

Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb
Lush Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb

Plop the Rose Bombshell in the bath tub and it explodes into a hot pink burbling ball. Wait for the whole bath bomb to dissolve and suddenly you’ll find yourself swimming in sweetly fragranced rose waters with *actual* yellow rose petals floating around you. Magical? Absolutely!

Lush Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt
Lush Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt

Want something a little less fussy for your bath? Check out the Two Hearts Beating As One Bath Melt! As the name would suggest, this bath melt is two interlocking pieces that will melt into your bath water leaving behind a hydrating and silky feeling to the water. This one is a mix of ylang ylang and rose oil which gives it a bit of a tangy punch to the scent.

Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar
Lush Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar

If you’re looking to have a little more fun with your bath, go for my personal favourite, the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar! Soft rainbow pastel colours covered in micro glitter is pretty much my idea of the best damn time ever – so pair that with some bath time bubbles and you’ve got a winner on your hands! Unicorn Horn has lavender, ylang ylang and neroli mixed together and you can definitely break up this bubble bar for use in multiple baths!

Lush Love Spell Massage Bar
Lush Love Spell Massage Bar

Once you’re all done with your bath, get your moisture on with a good rub down for you and/or your partner with the Love Spell Massage Bar. Quick tip for these: they pack a lot of oily punch, so you don’t need a ton of product. Swipe this on to the skin a few times and then start massaging your skin. Don’t do what I did many years ago – which is to say that I kept using the bar and turned my husband into quite the oil slick!

As far as I can see, every single item in the Lush Valentine’s Day collection is still available on Lush’s site! This is kind of a relief since their limited edition collections do tend to run out pretty fast – so if you see something you like, snatch it up quickly!

Products featured in this post were sent to me for review.

Skincare Saturday: Live Clean Fresh Face

In terms of brands that continue to impress me with each new product release, Live Clean has got to be near the very top of that list. Each new release leaves me nodding my head going “yes, oh yes”. The Fresh Face range is 98% plant derived, paraben-, phthalate- and petroleum-free, and hypoallergenic. And to add onto all of that, these products do not break the bank at all, which is such a relief!

Live Clean - Foaming Daily Cleanser
Live Clean – Foaming Daily Cleanser

You know what’s nice? A face cleanser you don’t have to faf around with. The Foaming Daily Cleanser is exactly that: faf-free. It’s easy to use (thank you pump!), it smells good (light, airy, slightly aquatic and slightly… musty? Weird to say, I know, but I liked it) and just all around nice. This is the kind of facial cleanser you can rely on to do the job: clean your face and leave it feeling fresh.

Sidenote, I have tried the Hydrating Creamy Cleanser from this same range and wasn’t in love with it. This Foaming Daily Cleanser was totally different and was much nicer in my opinion.

Live Clean - Refreshing Facial Wipes
Live Clean – Refreshing Facial Wipes

The Live Clean Refreshing Facial Wipes are hypoallergenic, are 98% plant derived and come with 30 wipes per package (THANK YOU, LIVE CLEAN! I am eternally annoyed with the brands who only put 25 wipes in a pack!). These are mostly billed as a product to remove your face of impurities, choosing to list “removing makeup” as the last thing on their list. So in my eyes, these aren’t really what I’m looking for in a wipe (which is, to say, that I want it to actually remove all of my makeup), but that’s okay, because I remember when I wore less makeup on my face and I just wanted a wipe to refresh my skin. I remember starting a job in my mid-twenties when I didn’t wear foundation, blush or bronzer and I just wanted a skin pick-me-up throughout the day. I used to use facial wipes for that reason – it was an easy way to “wake up” my skin in the middle of the work day when I was feeling tired and dirty. So that’s what these wipes are to me – a skin renewer throughout the day. (And yes, I did try these a few times as a makeup remover and I just feel they didn’t take enough off.)

Live Clean Soothing Daily Moisturizer
Live Clean Soothing Daily Moisturizer

The final item I tried out in the Fresh Face range was the Soothing Daily Moisturizer. And really, it ticked all the necessary boxes in my book:

  • smelled nice, but was not overpowering
  • hydrating, but not greasy
  • squeezable bottle (I really don’t like pots that I have to stick my hands in)

It’s a no muss, no fuss moisturizer which is exactly what I need. If you’re super dry though, you may find that this isn’t thick enough.

So have you tried Live Clean yet? Let me know your thoughts on this brand!

The products featured in this post were sent to me for consideration.

Skincare Saturday: Korres Castanea Arcadia Review

Korres Castanea Arcadia skincare

I’ve had such a backlog of skincare products to try out that I’ve actually had this set since August! However, this is one of the most interesting items I’ve seen in skincare recently: the Korres Castanea Arcadia is centered around utilizing Arcadian Chestnut tree extract!

Taken from the leaves of the chesnut tree, Lupeol is a powerful natural ingredient that contains incredible antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and skin-regenerative properties, but has never before been used as an active ingredient in cosmetics before. KORRES developed an innovative molecule known as HALupeol, which encases pure Lupeol in a hyaluronic acid shell. This new molecule creates a special system that allows the active to penetrate the skin, offerring targeted wrinkle repair. Over time, you’ll see enhanced skin elasticity, resilience and youthfulness.

Korres Castanea Arcadia Wrinkle Rewind Night Cream and Eye Cream
Korres Castanea Arcadia Wrinkle Rewind Night Cream and Eye Cream

I’ve been trying out the Wrinkle Rewind Night Cream as well as the Eye Cream (but we already know how I feel about eye creams…) as the air gets dryer here in Toronto. I’ve been using these two products together at night to help boost up the moisture in my skin. While I can’t say I’ve noticed any wrinkle reduction (I don’t really have a ton to begin with), the very first I used this overnight, I woke up the next morning with skin feeling saturated with hydrating. My skin felt like it was plumped up instead of feeling thin and dry! I’ve continued to use this as repair cream overnight whenever my skin felt dry (particularly from foundation application) and I have loved how much skin has felt every morning after!

The product does smell enticing too – not like chesnuts, but lightly sweet, slightly potpourri. From what I noticed, the face cream does have more scent than the eye cream, but neither is overpowering. Anyway, all in all, I’m kind of enchanted by the fact this uses chestnuts in the formula – feels very seasonally appropriate right now!

Let me know if you’ve tried out Korres’ Castanea Arcadia range and what you’ve thought of it!

The products featured in this review were sent to me for consideration.