Hi! My name is Ashley. This blog is dedicated to my beauty reviews and mom life. I have been always into beauty for many years and I recently became a new mommy to a beautiful girl named Alyssa. Follow my journey as I balance my love for beauty and mom life.
If you love skincare products that are made with natural and organic ingredients like myself, you may want to consider checking out Sohma Naturals! They are Canadian company based in Nova Scotia. It is a mother and daughter duo that have many years of experience and done many research on finding the best natural and organic ingredients for our skin. The brand carries a variety of skincare products including an anti-aging line, body butters, baby line, restorative cream and a various of face products (face serum, oils).
Today, I will be reviewing 2 particular products: Renew Micellar Water and Eczema Calming Balm that we have been testing for the past week. I used the micellar water on myself and I applied the eczema balm on my daughter Alyssa’s dry areas on her body.
Renew Micellar Water
I love using micellar water products in my skincare routine but this 3-in-1 product is different! It is a makeup, cleanser and toner in one bottle! I sprayed a generous amount of product on a cotton pad and then rub it on my eye and face to remove the makeup. There is no rinsing needed! It feels really gentle that my makeup came of really easily. There is no irritation and my skin did not get any skin reaction. It also has a light floral scent that isn’t overpowering. The spray component is a little strong so I wouldn’t recommend it to spray it directly to the face but to spray on a cotton pad or cotton ball. I noticed my skin became really soft and looked more hydrated.
Eczema Calming Balm
This product is also multipurpose: primarily for diaper rash and eczema but it also temporarily protects and helps relieve minor skin irritations and itching due to poison ivy, poison oak or sumac, and insect bites. I have only tried it on Alyssa’s ezcema. I applied a generous amount of product on Alyssa’s legs, arms and cheeks. She has a lot of dry areas due to the cold weather. I noticed that it reduced the flares and dryness. The consistency is a little thick. It contains zinc oxide and oatmeal to help these discomfort to a minimal. This packaging is travel friendly and it is perfect for our Florida trip in December!
Overall, I love the brand and their purposes. I really support companies who formulates products using natural ingredients. Especially I am currently transitioning my household products to a more eco-friendly ones. I also love the colors and little details on the packaging!
Thank you so much Sohma Naturals for sending these products! I definitely recommend trying these products out. Please check out their website and Instagram page!
It’s laundry day and my little one wants to help!
I’ve been changing my household products to more eco friendly ones and I am so glad Tru Earth reached out to me to try out their Eco-strips laundry detergent!
They are better for the environment; no plastic containers! Each package contains 32 strips (32 loads!) They are biodegradable, vegan, hypoallergenic, phosphate-free, paraben-free, dye-free and chlorine-free. These strips works well with all machines including HE (front load and top load), with hot and cold water and it dissolves completely!
It recommends using 2 strips for heavy loads and a half a strip for a small load.
They come in 3 types: fresh linen, unscented and recently they came out with Baby!
They are truly amazing! At first I didn’t think a strip can handle a load of clothes but I was wrong! Each strip is concentrated and powerful! They make the laundry all clean and so fresh! I also love that there is no measuring and it is mess free!
Love everything about the brand!
Did you know that they are made in Canada? Check out their page and join the movement!🌍
Use “thebusymommylife10” to save some money on your next purchase!
Fré Skincare was kind to send me their 123Fré set. It is a 3-step skincare routine to keep your skin healthy while working out! I have been trying these products out for a short period but I love everything about this brand already even the packaging! It’s my first time trying something that is made specifically for skin that sweats. The 3 steps: Purify Me (Cleanser), Revive Me (Serum) and Protect Me (Moisturizer). These products are vegan, hypoallergenic, parabens-free, cruelty-free, won’t clog pores and it’s great for all skin types. Purify Me: it prevents breakout and irritation, removes toxins and unclogs pores. It contains small jojoba beads but it is super gentle in the skin. Revive Me: a little goes a long way! It regenerates collagen and elasticity. It also helps reduce wrinkles and the look of aging. Protect Me: this moisturizer is a little thick but doesn’t feel greasy at all. It left my skin feeling very soft. It also contains SPF 30 and is water resistant. These products are perfect for when I go to the gym and when I go for walks with my daughter. If you are interested in trying out this set yourself, use the code MOMMYLIFE to get 25% off!
Thank you so much Fré Skincare for setting this set over!
I can’t believe Alyssa is already 10 months! Time is really flying by! Right now, Alyssa loves to eat and she eats pretty much everything I give her. Her favorite foods are sweet potatoes, carrots and bananas! I started to let her eat on her and you can imagine the mess she made: food on the ground, on her clothes, in her high chair and places I don’t even know how it got there! Well, the Tidy Tot Bib & Tray kit came to the rescue! This kit is perfect for a mess-free AND stress-free weaning.
About the brand
Tidy Tot specializes in bibs and weaning products for babies and toddlers . It was created and designed in the UK by a mom of 3. They already won multiple awards for their products! I highly recommend checking out their page and learn more about their story. They even have a lot resourceful information about baby led weaning and recipes!
The bib & Tray kit comes with 4 pieces: the tray, a long sleeve bib that attaches to the tray, an adapter (not shown – for small high chairs) and a cute zipper bag perfect for traveling and storing. I chose the Apple and Pear (Dove Grey) print but there are other designs to choose from.
Easy to assemble
Easy to clean & store
Fits all type of highchairs and boosters
There is no gap between baby and the tray
Perfect starting at 6 month until 2 years old
I have been testing this product for over a week now and I love it! It definitely helped eased my mind when letting Alyssa eat on her own. I love that there is no gap between the baby and the tray. All the mess stayed in one area. No food on the ground or in hidden places!
The bib and tray are made with good quality material and a sturdy velcro! The bib sticks very well on the tray covering all surface. It also comes with a protector so if you decide to wash the bib in the washing machine or even by hand it won’t cling onto other clothes or items. The circular tray comes with 2 suction cups that sticks on the highchair tray underneath so it won’t move around. When it comes to cleaning the tray, it is easy to give it a quick rinse or a wipe (depending how messy it gets!). It dries pretty fast too. Also, it is so easy to fold and store the kit in to the bag. It is so light to carry!
I definitely recommend this product!
If you are are from Canada and are interested in purchasing one, you can order one through their Amazon shop!
Thank you so much Tidy Tot Canada for sending this over!
If you are wondering how to get free products to reviews, you came to the right place! Here are a list of companies that have been consistently sending me products to review:
ChickAdvisor & FamilyRated Club: These 2 brands are under the same company but target different groups. (ChickAdvisor->beauty/makeup…, FamilyRated->Food,children…). Create a profile and keep an eye for campaigns and sign up for a chance to get them!
Topbox Circle: Check your e-mail and your dashboard consistently for surveys. The more surveys you do, the more points and the higher chance you qualify for “missions”.
Influenster: (MUST download App) This is a little hard to get but the more products you review, the higher chance you get “voxbox” missions.
Shopper Army: This is still new for me. There are missions you can apply for a chance to get free products to review .
Hometester Club: I got very few here but still worth to try! Simply sign up and apply for to be a tester.
PIXI Beauty: Apply for a chance to get products to review. It took me a while to get a package from them. Just be patient!
I recommend the first 3 . I also suggest that you follow their Instagram pages so you get to see what new missions, campaign and voxbox are coming up!
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t get any missions, voxbox and campaigns. Just keep applying! 🙂
Let me know what worked for you! Also, let me know any other platforms that you have discovered!
I heard so much about hyaluronic acid in skincare products that I was excited to try these products. I also never tried anything from Indeed Labs before but heard about them in the beauty community so I was even more ecstatic! I received 3 skincare products to review courtesy of Topbox Circle: Hydration booster, Hydraluron intense moisture lotion and Hydraluron moisture serum.
I have included these 3 products into my AM & PM skincare routine in the past week and a half and I love the results up to now. I have combination skin but mostly on the dry side.
1) Hydration Booster: I love the dropper. The product has a light and thin consistency that absorbs nicely into the skin without feeling sticky. It really made my skin feel hydrated. I also used it with the intense moisture lotion.
2) Intense moisture lotion: A little product goes a long way and I like that it includes a pump so not too much comes out. The consistency is a little thick but does not feel oily or too heavy. It leaves my skin feeling moisturized all day. I have used this before applying foundation and it made my skin look very smooth without looking cakey.
3) Hydraluron moisture serum: This might be the best serum I ever tried. It is clear and it has a gel-like feeling but it does feel sticky or oily at all. A little pea size amount is all you need and it absorbs quickly into the skin. It leaves the skin feeling really smooth and hydrated. I have also used it with the intense moisture lotion.
After using these products, my skin felt really good and really hydrated! I love that these products are silicone-free, oil-free, phthalate-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, colourant-free, no dyes and mineral oil-free! I also love the vibrant packaging!
Overall, I recommend these products to those who have dry skin. Thank you again Topbox Circle for sending me these. Now that I have tested these products, I am really interested in trying out other products from Indeed labs!
Have you tried any skincare products from this brand? What are your thoughts? Leave me a comment!
What features do you look for in your sanitary products? Is it comfort? Absorption? Fragrance-free? EasyDay Canada have all these benefits and many more! EasyDay Canada is a Canadian company that is run by a woman that offers comfortable and affordable sanitary pads.
There are 6 keys benefits with their products: 1) Super absorbent 2) Infection control 3) Odor control 4) Breathable 5) Perfume-free 6) Hypoallergenic They have different type of liners and pads: Liners: Regular, long and thong Pads: Regular and Heavy Flow (Night time) I have been using EasyDay pads recently and I love them! I really like that they are thin and feel really comfortable. What is really interesting is that the liquid absorbs turns dry and feels gel-like. I also like the mission the brand and their products supports. Many girls in developing countries have to miss school during heir periods because they can’t afford sanitary products. In result, EasyDay Canada have partnered with Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) to provide health stamps to African countries. If you are interested in trying out Easy Day products, please check out their webpage to make your order and use code FRIENDS40 for 40% off your first order! !
I received a beautiful package from Pixi Beauty from their Skintreats collection about a month ago. First of all, I was super excited when I received this package! I have been a fan of Pixi beauty for a few years and I love everything about the brand from their packaging and how it is affordable. I first discovered the brand when I attended Ipsy’s Generation Beauty in Toronto in 2016. I have tried a few of their makeup products but so not much of their skin care line. Ever since that event, it was so hard to find the brand in my local stores.
Now, after a few weeks of trying each product from the Skintreats package, I want to talk about each one of them.
DetoxifEYE: These are depuffing under eye patches. They kept my under eyes really hydrated and depuffed making me look more alive. Especially, I don’t get enough sleep with the little one! I also love that it included a little spatula.
Glow Glycolic Boost Sheet Masks (3 sheets): I love sheet masks! They are a way for me to relax. These particular ones are infused with glycolic acid, ginseng and witch hazel. It made my skin feel really hydrated and smooth making it look more healthier.
Peel & Polish: This product is amazing! It has a sugar-like texture that really deep cleans and exfoliates the skin by removing dead skin cells leaving the skin feeling really soft and smooth.
T-Zone Peel-off Mask: I have an oily t-zone and this product is perfect for it. It helps draw out the oil and impurities making this area smooth and the pores look smaller.
Glow Mud mask: I tried a sample of this in the past and I love it! It helps with those who have oily skin, breakouts and helps draw out dirt. After using it for a while, it leaves the skin looking more clear, bright and healthier.
Lastly, it included a really soft towel for patting down the skin after rinsing out the products.
I just want to thank Pixi Beauty for sending me these lovely products to review. I love taking care of my skin and I love discovering new products! If you live in Canada and are interested in purchasing some Pixi products, you can check out Shopper Drug Mart/Pharmaprix or even the Pixi website for more information.
What are your thoughts about Pixi beauty products? Leave me a comment! 🙂
1) Lip & cheeks stick in Dahlia Dew 2) Lip & cheeks stick in Suez Sands 3) Highlighter stick in Opal Mist 4) Bronzer stick in Bronze Splash 5) Nourishing Mascara in Classic black 6) Goodness Glows Liquid Foundation in Almond Beige
Overall, the cheek & lip sticks and the bronzer & highlighter sticks have very subtle pigmentation. They are, however, really hydrating. In the center of the product, there is moisturizing component that may feel a little oily at first but it is really good for those who have dry skin. It left my skin and lips smooth and moisturized.
The foundation gave a light to medium coverage. It is build-able and it really evens out my skin tone. I also like that it comes with a pump.
The mascara has a lot of pigmentation. It also separates and lengthens my lashes a lot!
These products are all made with natural ingredients. They are formulated with no parabens, phthalates, sls, pretrolatum, talc or synthetic fragrances. They are also cruelty free!
I recommend these products to those who prefers natural looks and to those who are busy like myself who just have a few minutes to get ready!
Thank you again to Topbox Circle and Burt’s Bees! If you do not know what Topbox Circle is, it is a platform where you receive mission(s) to review products for free base on how you answer the surveys. Check out their page!
Have you tried Burt’s Bees products before? Leave me your comments on your thoughts!
I received Marc Jacob’s Velvet primer and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara for free from Influenster for reviewing purposes. I was really happy to be part of this Voxbox campaign especially that Marc Jacobs is known to be a high-end brand. Also, I love receiving mascaras to review!
I tested out these two products for about a week now and I am really impressed with the results. I have tiny and thin lashes that seems to be hidden in my lids. With these two products, it really gave my lashes length and volume. Check out my before & after photo below!
Velvet Primer – Epic Lash Primer
The first step is to apply the primer. I have never used a primer mascara before so it was quite an experience applying this product before the mascara. I noticed that the primer really helps lengthen and separate my lashes. This product was easy to apply and the beige color helps to ensure that each lashes are nicely coated and prepared for the second step – the Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara.
Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara Next, I applied this mascara right after the Velvet Primer. I was really impressed with with how my lashes turned out. You can see there is a significant difference. With this mascara, it gave my lashes a lot of length and volume. It really shows that – Yes! I do have lashes! Lastly, I really like this type of brush because with previous experience, this type of brush tip gives results that I am looking for.
Overall, I really like these two products and I would recommend them to those who are looking for a primer & mascara duo that gives their lashes lots length and volume.Thank you again to Influenster and Marc Jacobs for this opportunity to review these two products.
Have you tried these two products before? Leave a comment your thoughts about them!