Powered by the planet: Four products from Herbivore Botanicals you need to try

I’ve been a real wellness kick lately.  Although I’ve always been one to workout a lot (I do some form of exercise five days a week and move everyday), I’ve been really focusing on nutrition and consuming and using better-for-you products.  This comes to skincare too.

Although I do love so many skincare brands, I have been leaning towards more natural products.  One brand that I’ve been intrigued about for a while is Herbivore Botanicals. Herbivore, which started in Seattle in 2011, has skincare products with an emphasis on natural, high-quality ingredients.  Their items are free of synthetic ingredients, including dyes, fragrances, and parabens. They also package them in glass and paper, using recycled and recyclable plastic only when necessary.

The thing that drew me to Herbivore initially was it’s super aesthetic packaging, which features glass bottles and simple labels. They have the kind of products that you want to display since they are simple, but oh so aesthetic. I recently got some items sent to me from the brand and couldn’t want to try them out. Their line ranges from serums to eye creams, moisturizers, masks, and more.

Curious on what to try? Then keep reading…

Herbivore Botanicals Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clarity Mask

Looking for a product to help with large pores? Then you’ll like the Blue Tansy Resurfacing Clay Mask (C$66). This natural mask gently clarifies skin with BHAs and white willow bark, fruit enzymes, as well as aloe and blue tansy essential oil to help with the appearance of redness and irritation.

I actually had never heard of blue tansy before but it’s a natural source of azulene, which in addition to giving the mask its blue colour, it helps to also soothe the appearance of redness and irritation.

This mask is best suited for oily to blemish-prone skin, and if you have more sensitive skin then I would recommend a spot test first to make sure you don’t get irritated.  This mask helps wth enlarged pores and blemish-prone skin, uneven skin texture, oily or combination skin, and dullness.

Apply the product to your skin and then leave on for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing off. Use it a couple times a week for the best results.

Herbivore Botanicals Super Nova 5% Vitamin C + Caffeine Brightening Eye Cream

Super Nova 5% Vitamin C + Caffeine Brightening Eye Cream

Do you suffer from dark circles or dull underlies? Then you’ll love the Super Nova 5% Vitamin C + Caffeine Brightening Eye Cream (C$63). This eye cream is great for dark circles, puffiness, and dryness.

The formula contains THD vitamin C, which is a highly efficacious form of vitamin C, as well as turmeric and caffeine to wake up the eye area.  Apply this eye cream in the morning to instantly wake up the eyes and depuff them, while also brightening the look of dark circles in seven days.

Although this is mainly for daytime use (because of the vitamin C and caffeine), you can use it at night as well.

Herbivore Botanicals Emerald Hemp Seed and Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil and Moon Fruit Serum

Emerald Hemp Seed and Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil

Looking for moisturized skin that glows? Then you’ll love the Emerald Hemp Seed and Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil (C$66). This serum gives skin intense moisture and a natural-looking glow.

Suitable for all skin types, this serum can be applied morning and night, and targets dryness and dullness to reveal glowing skin. The formula contains a blend of omega-fatty-acid-rich hemp seed oil, which also soothes skin, as well as adaptogens like shiitake mushroom and ashwagandha root to protect skin against environmental stressors.  It also has cannabis in it, which will help calm skin.

Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol + Peptides Retinol Alternative Serum

Love retinol but looking for a natural version? Then you’ll love the Moon Fruit 1% Bakuchiol + Peptides Retinol Alternative Serum (C$82).

This plant-based retinol-alternative serum helps treat signs of aging thanks to the one per cent bakuchiol and plant peptides. Bakuchiol is an isolated extract from the babchi plant that mimics the smoothing and firming benefits of retinol. It also contains plant peptides to visibly tighten skin, as well as a blend of super fruits that contain vitamins C, E, B5, and antioxidants, amino and fatty acids that firm skin.

This nighttime serum targets fine lines and wrinkles, loss of firmness, and dryness. The great thing about bakuchiol is that it’s non-irritating, unlike retinol, which when applied too much can give you irritation, dryness, and redness. This serum contains 100 per cent plant-based ingredients promising to gently give you the anti-aging benefits you’re looking for without any issues or irritation. It’s also pregnancy safe.

Herbivore Botanicals products

Herbivore has a ton of other skincare products available as well and I can tell you already that with such a small taste of the brand I’ve had so far, I will definitely be looking into trying out more items. Not only is the packaging so cute, but I love the fact that it’s a plant-powered skincare line that is good for you and the planet.

Have you tried any items from Herbivore Botanicals?

Please note, all products provided by PR. All opinions are my own.

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The secret to radiant, hydrated skin: Kiehl’s new Ultra Pure Serums

Kiehl's Ultra Pure serums When it comes to serums, Kiehl’s definitely knows what they’re doing.

Their Midnight Recover Serum is one of the brand’s most iconic and bestselling products, so when I heard that they released a new line of serums, I already knew they would be great products.

The new Kiehl’s Ultra Pure Serums are specially formulated to deliver potent, targeted treatments for various skin concerns, all while being gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types. These serums are made with ultra-pure ingredients, meaning that they are free from a long list of potential irritants, including fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and more. In fact, each serum has only 10 ingredients or less, which makes them ideal for those with sensitive or reactive skin who may be prone to irritation or allergic reactions. Additionally, the Ultra Pure serums are formulated with a high concentration of active ingredients, allowing them to effectively target specific skin concerns and deliver visible results.

Kiehl's Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 5.0% Niacinamide

First up is the Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 5.0% Niacinamide (C$35), which is great for oily skin since it visibly reduces excess oil and imperfections.

This serum contains five per cent Niacinamide to visibly reduce shine and soothe skin. It also helps to reduce the appearance of imperfections in just two weeks with regular use and also reduces redness.  It is great for all skin types and is formulated for skin absorption and efficacy. Apply this to skin morning and night before your moisturizer.

Kiehl's Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid

If you need some extra hydration, check out the Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid (C$35) which contains seven ingredients to replenish and hydrate dry skin.

Like the name suggests, this serum contains 1.5 per cent Hyaluronic Acid to leave skin looking and feeling more plump, healthy, and hydrated. This can be used morning and night on skin before your moisturizer.

Kiehl's Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 9.5% Glycolic Acid

Finally, if you are looking for smoother skin, then take a look at the Ultra Pure High-Potency Serum 9.5% Glycolic Acid (C$35). This serum contains seven ingredients that help to visibly smooth skin texture and boost skin’s glow.

This serum contains 9.8 per cent glycolic acid to refine skin’s texture for a smooth and glowing appearance.  It helps to minimize pores in as little as four weeks and boosts skin renewal in as little as three days.  Make sure to apply this serum in the evening only so it works overnight while you sleep.

Kiehl's Ultra Pure Serums

Kiehl’s Ultra Pure serums are a great option for those looking for effective, targeted skincare treatments that are also gentle and non-irritating. With a range of different formulations to choose from, there’s something for every skin concern. You can also mix and match these for a custom skincare routine. I also love that they are all $35, which for Kiehl’s is a great price and rivals their drugstore counterparts.  Considering how much their other serums are, at this price it’s really a great deal.

Have you tried the Kiehl’s Ultra Pure Serums yet?

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Get Ready to Glow: Tula’s two new skincare products you need to try

New Tula products for spring 2023 If you read my blog often, you’ll know how much I love Tula products.

As you may know, Tula is a brand that I have been a huge fan of for years. Their innovative and effective products have helped me achieve a radiant and healthy complexion. There are many items from the brand I love, but some of my top ones including the 24-7 Day & Night Cream, as well as the Protect + Glow Sunscreen. Because of that, I was so excited to learn that they recently released two new products that both fall within these product families and naturally, I couldn’t wait to try them.

Starting first with the Ultimate Sun Serum PentaPeptide Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 ($42 USD). As someone who is passionate about taking care of my skin, sunscreen is an essential part of my daily routine. Not only does it protect my skin from harmful UV rays, but it also helps prevent premature aging and sun damage.

Tula Ultimate Sun Serum PentaPeptide Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50

First and foremost, the formula is amazing. It is lightweight and non-greasy, which is a huge plus for me. I hate the feeling of heavy, sticky sunscreens that leave a white cast on my skin. Tula’s PentaPeptide Sunscreen goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly, leaving no residue behind.

The best part about this sunscreen is the skincare benefits. It is formulated with five powerful peptides that work together to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven skin texture. Peptides are amino acid chains that help boost collagen production, which is essential for maintaining firm and youthful-looking skin. This sunscreen is essentially a two-in-one product, providing both sun protection and anti-aging benefits.

The formula also includes the brand’s S6Pro Complex, which is a patent-pending super six blend of prebiotics & probiotic extracts to help improve skin smoothness & maintain skin balance. It also has PentaPeptides to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, red algae to control the appearance of shine, peach and white mulberry to brighten the appearance and improv the look of dark spots, willow herb and jasmine to improve skin texture, and wild butterfly ginger to prevent against blue light damage and environmental pollution.

Another thing I love about Tula’s PentaPeptide Sunscreen is that it is broad-spectrum, meaning it protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging and can penetrate through clouds and glass, while UVB rays cause sunburns and are strongest during the summer months. It is important to use a sunscreen that protects against both types of rays, and Tula’s formula does just that.

Unfortunately this sunscreen isn’t available in Canada just yet, but their Mineral Magic one is, so if you have been wanting to try out their sunscreens as a Canadian, then you can grab that one.

Another new Tula product is the 24-7 Ultra Hydration Triple-Hydra Complex Day & Night Serum (C$63), which is perfect for those with dry and dehydrated skin.

Tula 24-7 Ultra Hydration Triple-Hydra Complex Day & Night Serum

First off, the formula is amazing. It is lightweight and absorbs quickly, without leaving any greasiness or residue behind. The serum is packed with three different types of hyaluronic acid, which is a powerful ingredient that can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. This means that it is incredibly hydrating and helps plump up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Triple-Hydra™ Complex is made up of three different types of hyaluronic acid: low molecular weight, high molecular weight, and cross-linked hyaluronic acid. This combination provides deep hydration to all layers of the skin, leaving it looking and feeling smooth, supple, and healthy.

The formula also includes the brand’s S6Pro Complex, as well as peptides, apple, and watermelon to hydrate and improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles; blueberry for antioxidant protection; and squalane and collagen to nourish and condition skin.

I love how versatile this serum is. It can be used both day and night, which is a huge plus for me. I like to apply it in the morning before my moisturizer and at night before my night cream. It works well under makeup and doesn’t cause any pilling or flaking. It also has a subtle, pleasant scent that is not overpowering.

I am impressed with Tula’s two new products and love how they are items that I used on a daily basis anyways. They have once again proven their commitment to creating effective and innovative skincare solutions, and I would definitely recommend grabbing these.  The Tula sunscreens are so good and I find they absorb into the skin really nicely and aren’t heavy, unlike others out there.  As for the serum, having a good serum is recommended for optimal skin and this one is so perfect to pair with their iconic 24-7 Day & Night Cream as well.

Don’t forget, use code SHAYNA for 15% off on both the Canadian and US Tula sites!

Have you tried these two new Tula products?

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