Sunday, August 19, 2018

Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisture

I've spent the majority of my summer avoiding makeup. It's been too hot, too humid and I just haven't felt inspired to wear makeup that will quite literally melt off of my face. In the absence of makeup, skincare has become my best friend. I've always been into skincare, but I've never become obsessed with it. Until now. When I'm not out and about with the kids, I'm researching new ways to better my skin. In my quest to find the latest and greatest, I stumbled upon premium skincare brand Yehwadam.

The people at The Faceshop were kind enough to gift me the brand new Yehwadam sub-line; Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisture. This new line is formulated for those with combination to oily skin and promises intense moisture without a sticky, heavy or greasy feel. Although my skin type is typically dehydrated and dry, the summer has my skin all f'd up. I'm currently somewhere between normal/dehydrated/combo. The joy!

"Yehwadam is an anti-aging skincare line that brings traditional Korean herbs, ginseng and flowers into modern anti-aging. Yehwadam products are made with natural Korean ingredients processed by traditional methods passed down from one generation to another." 

Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisture Fluid ($40, 150 ml) is a water based product that combines toner and lotion into a single step. It's formulated with Fresh Water Flower which contains 5 types of traditional herbal ingredients including Korean Ginsing, Safflower and Goji Berries.

I'm all about simplifying my routine, so I'm happy that this product can eliminate a step for me. I apply it after my serum and I find it absorbs very quickly - within a minute or so. It has a light scent and a non-sticky texture. What I like most about this lotion is that it feels very hydrating but without any sort of residual greasiness, heaviness or stickiness. My skin feels quenched and what I can only assume one would call 'normal'. I really feel like this is the perfect summer moisturizer for me. I'm not so sure it will cut it come fall, but for now it works amazingly well. If you have combo or oily skin, you will love this! Oh, and it comes with a pump and the bottle is huge. The value of this product is great - you get much more product, for less money than most.

Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Cream ($55, 50 ml) is a lightweight gel-cream that claims to hydrate the skin without leaving it sticky. It's formulated with oriental herbal ingredients grown in Korea. Peony, Lotus, Safflower, Chrysanthemum, Honeysuckle, Ginsing and Goji Berry to name a few!

Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Cream is light but more substantial than their Moisture Fluid. It applies like a gel but feels hydrating like a cream. I found it to absorb a lot slower and not entirely. I can still feel it on my face hours after applying it and it does feel slightly tacky for the first little while. I don't love it for summer days, unless I've been in the pool and my skin is parched, then it's great! I'm putting this one on the back burner for now, hoping to revisit it once the temperature starts to drop.

Yehwadam Revitalizing Moisturizing Sleeping Pack ($35, 100 ml) restores moisture to skin overnight leaving it looking refreshed the next morning. It contains the same ingredients as the other two products in this range; Peony, Lotus, Safflower, Chrysanthemum, Honeysuckle, Ginsing and Goji Berry.

I really, really like this sleeping pack. I think I may even like this as much as Shiseido's Ibuki Sleeping Mask. It goes on slightly sticky (like virtually all sleeping masks/packs) but unlike a lot of others, that feeling goes away fast. It feels crazy hydrating, I don't stick to my pillow and I wake up looking amazing. Can't beat the price either, it's a total win-win!

This was my first venture into Yehwadam and I'm very happy so far. Two out of the three products I would purchase with my own money (Revitalizing Moisture Fluid & Revitalizing Moisturizing Sleeping Pack) and I'm certainly interested in trying more from the brand. If you've used any products from Yehwadam, I would love to hear your thoughts on them!

Till next time beauties ✌

*PR samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opionions are my own.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Avon's NEW Bath + Body for Kids ~ Review

I remember being a kid and looking through Avon catalogues and feeling enchanted by all the pretty pictures. Makeup, lotions and seasonal items so colourful and fun! The concept was also intriguing and I would always want to order something for myself, too. I almost forgot about that excitement, until I saw it on my daughter's faces when some items from Avon's new bath + body for kids collection landed on my doorstep!

Avon Kids Superfoam Body Wash gently cleanses while being cheerfully coloured and delightfully scented. No parabens. No harsh soaps. No tears. Toxin free! 250 ml

avon superfoam body wash

Foam anything will get my kids attention so they loved this as soon as I told them the name! We received the Apple scent and it has a light, fruity scent to it that we all agree smells nice. One pump is perfect for cleansing when paired with a bath pouf and it leaves their skin feeling clean without drying it out. My oldest has sensitive skin and she can use this without irritation.

avon soapy slime

Avon Kids Soapy Slime Sweet Peach Body Cleanser - Goopy is good! A jolly jelly-like gel that wipes away dirt in the bath or shower. No parabens. No harsh soaps. No tears. Toxin free! 226 g

It goes without saying that this was a HUGE hit! I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love slime and my girls are obsessed with this stuff. I'll admit I find it rather fun too and I was super surprised that they're actually pretty conservative with it. That's a good thing because a little goes a long way! It's supposed to be peach scented but I swear it smells like apples - whatever. It smells good regardless and my kiddos could care less about the scent, to them it's all about the texture!

Avon Kids Hocus Pocus Lotion Moisturizer works like magic. Creamy lotion soothes, smooths and moisturizes delicate skin. No parabens. No harsh soaps. No tears. Toxin free! 236 ml

avon kids hocus pocus moisturizer

This lotion smells so good I want to wear it, and sometimes I do..shhh! I can't get over the vanilla marshmallow scent and how thick and creamy it is. It feels rich but not overly heavy and it absorbs quickly. My youngest practically baths in it so I've had to hide it because she literally cakes herself with it. Clearly, it's been well received!

I'm quite impressed with this collection, as our my girls. I love that it's paraban free, void of harsh soaps, gentle on delicate skin and only $10 each! They love it for it's fun scents and exciting textures. If you have littles you should definitely look into this line. And while you're at it, get something fun for yourself. You deserve it ๐Ÿ˜‰

You can purchase these and other Avon products locally with your independent Avon rep, or online at

*PR samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Robin McGraw Georgia Gift Box ~ Giveaway

It's a long weekend and I can't think of a better way to celebrate then with a giveaway! I've teamed up with Robin McGraw Revelation to gift one of my lovely followers with a Georgia Gift Box valued at $120 ๐ŸŽ‰

Some of you may recall me reviewing RMR on my blog before (reviews here and here). I really do adore Robin's skincare and I'm sure you will, too! So what's in the gift box?

- Georgia eau de parfum 1.7 fl oz/ 50 mL

Be unforgettable with this statement-making scent. Inspired by the spirit, love, power, and strength of Robin’s mother, Georgia embodies what it means to be fabulous and fierce. Wherever you go, a zing of bergamot, pink freesia, and water lotus announces your arrival, before whimsical orchid and rose begin to bloom, and soothing amber and coral musk linger long after you’ve made your grand entrance.

Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Freesia, Water Lotus
Middle Notes: Whimsical Orchid, Feminine Rose, Tea Leaf
Base Notes: Patchouli, Soothing Amber, Coral Musk
Top Notes: Bergamot, Pink Freesia, Water Lotus
Middle Notes: Whimsical Orchid, Feminine Rose, Tea Leaf

Base Notes: Patchouli, Soothing Amber, Coral Musk

-Georgia Foaming Shower Gel 8 fl oz/ 237 mL

Enriched with calendula, honey, aloe, and olive fruit extracts, this foaming shower gel leaves skin feeling relaxed, refreshed, and baby soft, while the elegant aroma of Robin’s signature scent elevates your bath to a decadent, spa-like experience.

- Georgia Hydrating Body Butter 8 fl oz/ 237 mL

Indulge your skin cravings. This luxuriously rich cream is formulated with moisturizing shea butter, macadamia seed oil, avocado oil, and vitamin E to provide dull, dry skin with long-lasting hydration and antioxidant protection. Packed with essential nutrients, this velvety formula feels surprisingly light on the skin, absorbing quickly for a boost of moisture and leaving your body delicately fragranced with Robin’s signature Georgia 

- Georgia Moisturizing Hand Cream 3 fl oz/ 89 mL

From the fresh, floral scent to the silky texture, this luxurious hand cream is a must-have for pampering on-the-go. Give your hardworking hands a well-deserved break with nourishing mango butter and antioxidant-rich milk thistle to hydrate, repair, and protect skin. The light formula absorbs quickly, leaving hands feeling soft and supple but not slippery, so you can pick up right where you left off.


1. FOLLOW ME @_brwn_eyed_girl_ & @robinmcgrawrevelation on Instagram (I WILL BE CHECKING)
2.  Like the giveaway photo
3. Tag a friend (unlimited entries as long as you tag a new friend)
4. Leave me a comment below with your name and Instagram handle

And now the fine print..

This giveaway is open to BOTH Canada (excluding Quebec - sorry!) and the US. You MUST be the age of majority in your province or state. After one week, I will announce a winner and they will have 24 hours to contact me. If they do not, a new winner will be drawn. All entries will be checked to ensure fairness. Prize fulfillment is the responsibility of the sponsor. DO NOT follow only to unfollow after the giveaway has ended - you WILL BE BLOCKED from ALL future giveaways.

Good luck ✌

Thursday, August 2, 2018

SIBU, Now Known as Sea Berry Therapy in Canada

Have you heard of SIBU Sea Berry Therapy? They're an American, natural and cruelty-free beauty brand. For those of you who are familiar with SIBU, they have rebranded and relaunched in Canada under the name Sea Berry Therapy. The products have remained the same, just the name has changed!

hydrating face serum review

"The process by which Sea Berry is brought from the Himalayan Highlands to your shelf is nothing short of a labor of love, and it all starts with the Turkestanica Sea Berry. This tiny orange berry found only at 12,000 feet above sea level is known as the richest source of Omega-7 in the world, and has been used for more than 13 centuries because of its wealth of amazing properties, including 190 bioactive compounds." 

I was fortunate to have been gifted two Sea Berry Therapy products to try, and spoiler alert, I LOVE them both!

"Deep yet gentle cleansing is the basis for effective facial care at every age.  This naturally antibacterial sea buckthorn face wash gently removes dirt, impurities and make-up while maintaining a healthy balance in your skin without compromising its natural protective nutrients.  Sea Berry Polishing Facial Cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin, and will leave your face fresh, clean and perfectly balanced." 

Sea Berry Polishing Facial Cleanser has quickly become a favourite of mine. It comes in a pump (love pumps for EVERYTHING) and it really gets my face clean. It removes makeup, gets the oil and grime off, but it doesn't strip my skin. The exfoliation is mild but noticeable and it leaves my skin feeling smooth. Typically washing my face leaves my skin feeling taut and dry but not with this cleanser. I will definitely be purchasing it with my own money once this bottle is empty!

"Experience the ultimate in skin hydration.  This light, non-oily serum penetrates deep into your skin to help deeply hydrate your face and neck & eliminate flaky, dry skin. Infused with vitamins, Hyaluronic acid and Sea Berry (Sea Buckthorn) extract, this serum fortifies the skin against the aging process and helps repair damage at a cellular level."

Hydrating Serum is made with Hyaluronic Acid for deep hydration and is suitable for both oily and dry skin types alike. This lightweight serum has a pleasant scent and it absorbs so fast. My Skin feels soft and supple immediately after applying this. I find it adds a supple radiance which is always nice. If you have dry skin like I do, you will want to follow up with a moisturizer or cream. Oily skin types may find that this is all they need. Two thumbs up for this serum!

I am definitely interested in trying more from the brand so if you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

*PR samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Sothys Spring/Summer Collection ~ Review + Swatches

Hello beauties! It's been a hot minute since I posted and I think an explanation is needed. I wish I had an exciting excuse (ahem reason) but I don't. I've been feeling uninspired and it's been crazy hot so I haven't worn much makeup lately. I've also done the unthinkable and have been spending more time offline - yes you read that right.  I've been enjoying the real world and sorry, not sorry. Sometimes a girls gotta stop and smell the roses, swim in all the pools and just soak up the sun (with sunscreen on, obviously).

sothys lipstick

But as they say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I've missed you all. As I ease my way back into regular posting, I thought I would share a short and sweet review of Sothys Spring/Summer Collection.

Sothys Spring/Summer Collection takes inspiration from Sothys garden and the super greens trend that showcases lush nature and an invitation to freshness. Personally I don't see the connection, but I must admit I do like the shade choices!

sothy ombre eye quartet palette

Ombre Sothys - Eye Quartette ($68.50) contains four new complimentary shades that can be used dry or moist, separately or in harmony. Each shade is iridescent and they are easily buildable and blendable. Although I like the shades, I don't find them to be the most exciting. I really wish that there were a matte transition shade because without it, this quad just feels incomplete. The shadows are quite nice and they wear well with minimal creasing or fading which is super important.

ombre sothys eye quartet palette swatch

rouge intense sothys rouge mat sothys

Sothys has two lipsticks in this collection, one satin and one matte. They look very similar in swatches and in real life as well. The main difference is that Rouge Intense Sothys 235 Rouge Roseraie ($35.95) has a semi opaque, satin finish whereas Rouge Mat Sothys 330 Orange Escapade Velours ($35.95) is more opaque, kind of matte and a touch warmer. The tone difference is super subtle so I wouldn't focus too much on it. For those who aren't makeup addicted, I recommend picking your finish preference as they are so similar in colour. Both wear well and are definitely comfortable. Sothys does lipstick well. Really well. They taste good, glide on and feel so amazing plus they wear for hours.

sothys rouge mat velvet effect lipstick rouge intense sothys satiny lipstick swatch

There are a few other items in this collection that are not included in my review; The Calligraphy Eyeliner ($33.50), Sun Glow Bronzing Powder ($61.50) and a Nail Lacquer ($19). Although I haven't tried these particular items, I will say that from experience,  Sothys nail polish is quite good (review here).

Sothys Spring/Summer Collection can be found in Institute and Spas throughout Canada. To find the location nearest you, call toll-free 1-800-361-3004

*Press samples were generously provided to me for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula ~ Review + IG Giveaway

When it comes to summer skincare I adopt a less is more attitude. I don't want to layer on tons of skincare, so I rely on 'one and done' formulas to give me a healthy glow. When it comes to body care, I adopt the same attitude. I go for a light lotion and then cover myself in sunscreen. I adore summer scents (sunscreen, coconut, monoi oil, light florals) and I will always give preference to summer scented products over wearing perfume as I find my favourites are often too heavy for the heat and humidity of summer.

Review and skincare giveaway

I was recently given the opportunity to try three NEW product's from Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula and I am just a little bit obsessed! The scents are fabulous and they're so hydrating - a definite win! And if you stick around til the end of my review, it could be a win for you too ๐Ÿ˜‰

These new additions to the Palmer's range drench the skin in rich moisture for dewy, radiant skin that looks lit from within. These products are free of harsh chemicals, contain ethically and sustainability sourced Coconut Oil and Tahitian Monoรฏ Oil, infused with Tiarรฉ Flower Petals. Did I mention they smell like a summer dream?!

Coconut Oil Body Lotion Giveaway

My favourite of the three has got to be the Coconut Oil Body Lotion. It's light, fast absorbing and gives my skin 24 hour moisture. It smells like delicious coconut and monoi, without being overpowering, and its formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, gluten, sulfate or dyes. This lotion is the bomb dot com and I can see myself using it year round reminiscing of carefree summers.

Coconut Oil Body Oil Giveaway

Palmer's Coconut Oil Body Oil contains the same hydration benefits as the lotion but in concentrated oil form. This Body Oil doesn't smell quite as strong as the lotion which is a slight let down for me, but it still smells nice. It adds an instant touch of radiance to my skin and I am here for it! This oil sinks in and doesn't feel heavy on but it is an oil and I'm not that into oils in the summer. Having said that, I would wear it if I were going out in the evening because it adds such a lovely glow.

Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil Giveaway

Lastly, Palmer's Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil. I wasn't expecting much from this facial oil and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it's really good.

This oil is non-greasy, fast absorbing and very hydrating. It features 10 pure, precious oils to boost hydration, nourish skin and add radiance. These are the miracle working oils you will find in Palmer's Coconut Oil Luminous Hydration Facial Oil (in no particular order)

·Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos Nucifera)
·Tahitian Monoi Oil (Gardenia Tahitensis Flower)
·Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis)
·Macadamia Oil (Ternifolia)
·Argan Oil (Argonia Spinosa)
·Grapeseed Oil (Vitis Vinifera)
·Maracuja (Passionflower) Oil (Passiflora Edulis)
·Sunflower Oil (Helianthus Annuus)
·Apricot Oil (Prunus Armeniaca)
·Sesame Oil (Sesamum Indicum)

Now I haven't been using this consistently so I can't really say what the long term effects are. I will say that upon application my skin looks glowing (not super dewy - thank goodness) and it feels super smooth. Surprisingly enough it's fast absorbing and my skin is perfectly balanced requiring no additional creams or lotions. I can see myself really getting into this come fall when I want to glow and need the extra boost of hydration. Currently, I'm only using it in the evenings when I need a little pick me up.

Oh, and I should note that it's important to exercise caution when using oils in the summer. Make sure to always apply sunscreen and use oils sparingly - you will burn otherwise. I learned this lesson the hard way many years ago.

TLDR; I am LOVING Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula and I know that you will too! And guess what? I've partnered with Palmer's to give THREE of my Canadian readers the chance to try these three products too! Hurray!!

Entering is simple; find my Palmer's post on Instagram and follow the instructions for your first entry (mandatory). Then come back here and leave a comment to gain a bonus entry. And don't forget to include your Instagram handle with your comment so I can assign you your bonus entry.

I will be drawing 3 winners in a week and the sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. Canadians only and absolutely no giveaway accounts.

Good luck!

*PR samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls ~ FREE Coupon Code

Canada Day is just around the corner and Nail Polish Canada wants you to have some super sweet and totally festive nails ๐Ÿ™Œ

I was fortunate enough to partner with them to give 10 of my readers the opportunity to try Whats Up Nails Canadian Flag Nail Vinyls totally free (shipping included) with no strings attached!

Simply visit Nail Polish Canada's website here and enter code ZRII1C1BIS

I hope you love them and be sure to tag me in any photos you share on social - I'd love to see what you come up with ๐Ÿ˜Š

*pr samples were provided to me for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own