Midnight Hour Beauty: Sloth, Greed, and the Art of Misdirection

Midnight Hour Beauty: Sloth, Greed, and the Art of Misdirection
I absolutely love being introduced to new brands, and when they are made in Canada it’s even better. Midnight Hour Beauty is a Canadian indie brand owned by fellow blogger Sarah who has recently re-opened her shop and is developing some beautiful new products that I am excited to share with you today!

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The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask

the body shop british rose fresh plumping maskI love face masks, I love The Body Shop, and I love the smell of roses… so I had no doubt I would love their new British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask.

Grow your glow with our British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, our 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance. Perfect used with our Facial Mask Brush, it makes for the most beautiful facial at home experience.

• 100% vegan
• Formulated without parabens, paraffins, silicones or mineral oils
• Refreshing gel face mask
• For skin that needs to be quenched and re-plumped with moisture to reveal its dewy glow again
• Moisturises, soothes and tones skin
• Infused with real rose petals, rose essence from Britain, rosehip oil from Chile and organic Community Trade aloe vera from Mexico

A year or so ago I tried a sample of the Rose Face Mask by Fresh and really liked it, but the $75/100ml price tag was just too much for me. The British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask is a lot more affordable at $28.00/75ml.

This mask can be used daily (I use it Monday/Wednesday/Friday), and you wear it for 5-10 minutes. I like to apply it with my MAC 190 foundation brush, but The Body Shop also sells a less expensive Facial Mask Brush. You can apply this with your fingers as well, but I find applying with a brush makes it feel more spa-like and luxurious.

Now, if you are scent-sensitive, or don’t like the smell of roses, you will want to skip this. Roses fill the room as soon as I open the jar. Once it’s on my face it’s a delicate scent, and it fades (or I just don’t notice it) by the time I take it off 10 minutes later. It is a gel mask so it has a wonderful cooling sensation as I apply it, it’s easy to rinse off, and my skin feels extremely soft and hydrated after washing it off.

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-32, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Rosa Gallica Flower Powder, Parfum/Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Methylpropanediol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium EDTA, Rose Extract, Benzyl Salicylate, Menthoxypropanediol, Limonene, Citronellol, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, CI 14700/Red 4.

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my favourite scrubs

my favourite scrubsSorry it’s been so quiet around here lately – tons to post about and struggling to find the time to get it done. Aiming for 3 posts a week regularly starting this week *fingers crossed* beginning with the second post in my ‘Favourites’ series – last week I talked about my favourite blending brushes, this week I wanted to share my 4 favourite scrubs: KB Shimmer’s Relaxation Sugar Scrub, Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment & Julep Brilliance Glycolic Hand Scrub.

KB Shimmer’s Relaxation Sugar Scrub
my favourite scrubsDry skin? Rough patches? Want to pamper your hands, body, mind and soul?

Home from work, boss man been riding you hard, you need to unwind, relax, enjoy life. The is the perfect scent to help you de-stress and unwind. Lavender and Sage combined with soft notes of Peppermint and Star Anise to round out this dupe of a popular B&BW scent. This is a strong unisex scent. A teal blue color is accented by blue and green jojoba beads.

A sinful mix of oils, cocoa and shea butters allow you to combine the scrub with water and with a gentle motion, form a lotion that leaves your skin feeling wonderfully smooth and soft while the sugar, seeds, and jojoba beads buff away the dead skin cells. This scrub will rinse clean and leave your skin smooth and soft, not sticky or greasy.

Not only does this feel amazing and leave my skin feeling wonderful… it smells amazing. We go through this quickly in our house because both my husband and I use it, thankfully Harlow & Co. ship extremely fast so I can order it as soon as I’m running low and never go without! It’s vegan, paraben free, formaldehyde free and comes in a few different scents – I have used this one and Pink Sugar and love them both! I just noticed on the site that this scent has been discontinued… so I’ll be stocking up!

Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate Treatment
my favourite scrubsThis mud mask leaves skin noticeably radiant and glowing. It works with the body’s natural moisturizing collagen to provide gentle resurfacing exfoliation and helps to leave skin smoother, brighter, and softer. While providing tighter skin texture and tighter pores, it provides a more youthful appearance and absorbs impurities without removing natural oils.

I wrote a post about both the Youthmud and Supermud back in July 2014 so if you want to see action shots or a more in depth review definitely check that out. It’s a mask first, and a scrub second… and the scrub part is my favourite. I stick with purchasing the small container as I found the large version dried out before I had a chance to use it all – and it’s the same basic price overall. I use it once a week and it lasts about a month. My skin always feels fantastic when I’m done!

Julep Brilliance Glycolic Hand Scrub
my favourite scrubsmy favourite scrubsGentle enough to use every day, this dual-action exfoliating scrub instantly reveals brighter, smoother skin—like a facial for your hands! Natural apricot seeds whisk away dirt, oil, and dead skin cells while a potent concentration of glycolic acid works to fight signs of aging. 90% of users noticed softer, younger-looking skin after just one treatment.

This is the first hand scrub I ever purchased, and as long as it’s being produced it’s the only one I will ever need. I don’t typically even require lotion after using it because my hands feel so wonderfully soft. The packaging is perfect with a twist cap, I’ve never had an issue with it getting clogged up, and it smells amazing!

Fresh Sugar Lip Polish
my favourite scrubsThis unique formula is enriched with real brown sugar crystals to gently buff away dry flakes as it exfoliates and conditions for a smooth finish. It nourishes the lips with quick-absorbing meadowfoam seed, jojoba seed, and grapeseed oils while shea butter provides long-lasting moisture. Lips are left smooth, protected, and hydrated.

A lot of times I just DIY my own lip scrub with brown sugar and coconut oil, but when this is available as a Sephora perk or in a value set I don’t hesitate to grab it. The only thing I don’t like about this is I have to rinse it off vs just licking it off like I do with my DIY scrub, but it works so well! I use this a couple times a week and my lips feel so amazing after each use.

my favourite scrubs

What are your favourite scrubs? I love hearing from you, please leave me a comment!