Pixi Hydrating Milky Collection Review


Hi Savvys,

I recently received the new Pixi Hydrating Milky Collection PR package.  Upon first glance, this PR package looks like a little milk crate, even including a nutritional facts table, which is so cute!  I really like how each box provides an easy to use step for each product so you know which sequence to use them in.  It’s also easy to skip a step that may not necessarily need to be done every day as part of your daily skin care routine.


Overall, I love how there is coconut milk and jojoba oil which makes my skin feel really clean and hydrated.  I do think that 6 steps might be too much for the average person, but since these products are pretty flexible, it can easily be incorporated into your routine.

See below for my full review on each product.

Now set forth and be savvy!


This is the first step for the entire milky collection line.  Make up removers are not something that I use often, and to be honest I usually just use a regular facial cleanser to remove my make up with.  I tested out this make up remover by applying full eye makeup and finishing off with a bronzer.  When using a cotton pad, I was able to remove 90% of my makeup in the first go around, which I think is very efficient and effective.  I find that other make up removers leave my face feeling greasy, however this one made it feel very moisturized after wards and not greasy at all.  I will definitely be incorporating this into my nightly routine.

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The hydrating milky cleanser is the second step to this routine (or first step in the morning when you do not need a make up remover).  Cleansers are the most used products that I use in my skincare routine since it’s something that I use everyday.  I really like how thick and creamy this cleanser is.  It was easy to apply and wash off without leaving a residual feeling on my face.  After washing my face, I did find that it left a moisturizing feeling at the end.

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The hydrating milky peel is the 3rd step; however, it can be omitted since it doesn’t need to be used everyday.  I like to incorporate exfoliators into my skincare routine at least monthly.  The directions do indicate that you should use it as a scrub by scrubbing your face and then leaving it on for 2-3 minutes to harden, which is similar to other exfoliators I’ve used so I’m not quite sure why this is called a peel and not an exfoliator.  The scrubs were gentle and did not leave any blotchy red spots on my face, which is what I was concerned about because it is called a peel.  It left my face feeling soft and renewed.

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The 4th step is the Milky Tonic toner.  Pixi is known for their toners and I was excited to try the Milky Tonic with jojoba milk and green tea.  I always say this but I wish companies would put their toners in spray bottles for easy application instead of having to use a cotton pad.  The toner left my face feeling very refreshed.  This might be my new favourite toner.

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The hydrating milky serum is the 5th step to this routine.  It was thick and creamy and a little goes a long way.  I like to apply serums when I’m not doing anything else with my skincare routine that day and feeling lazy because it provides a hydrating feeling to my face with minimal effort.  I also love how cute the bottle is.

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The final step is the hydrating milky lotion.  The lotion does say that it is both a face and body moisturizer which made me hesitant with putting it on my face.  However, this cream was thick but when applied was very smooth to the touch.  I liked how quickly it absorbed into my skin and left me feeling moisturized all day.

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Murad Environmental Shield Review


Hi Savvys,

I was so excited to receive the new Murad Environmental Shield skincare line for testing purposes and review.  I’ve heard lots of great things about this brand and was even more delighted to hear that they are cruelty free.  I used these products for 2 weeks to see what kind of changes it make to my skin.  My favourite product I received was the eye serum as it made the circles under my eyes lighter and made my eyes overall feel brighter.  I also really like the packaging and the easy to use pumps which allows for minimal waste and optimal control.

Continue reading below for the full review on each product.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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I love eye creams and am always looking for a new product to try.  I loved how thin and non greasy this product is.  I applied it under my eyes and it absorbed right away.  I also really like that there is no scent especially since it’s on my face.  I am quite sensitive to smells and appreciate that this was easy to wear all day.

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I find as I age, my skin is starting to get a bit grey and dull in color. I love that after the first application, it made a difference to the complexion of my skin by making it look brighter and even.  I also love how easily it is to pump into my hand.  I will definitely be using this serum in the future because I found it to be very effective.


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As I get older, I am realizing that I must care for my skin and have it age as gracefully as I can.  I was excited to try this on specific parts of my face to see what kind of a different it would make.  I liked how this serum feels light on my skin and is also light smelling.  However, I didn’t really notice any changes to my skin tone after 2 weeks of usage.  My skin however may be too young for this product so I am gifting it to my mom to see how she likes it.

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Neutrogena Bright Boost Review


Hi Savvys,

I received the full Neutrogena Bright Boost skincare line from Chickadvisor for review.  This line includes products for a full skin care routine including a scrub, serum, moisturizer and SPF moisturizer.  See my youtube video for the full review and routing!  Continue reading below for the review of each product.

Now set forth and be savvy!

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I really like this scrub.  It has a mild smell and is also very mild on my skin.  It isn’t abrasive at all which is great because I find scrubs usually make my face turn red after using them because of the harshness of the scrubs.  I also like that it went on in a light layer and washed off very easily.  They do recommend only using this 2-3 times a week, so you will have to find another daily cleanser to complete this routine.


I love serums because they are often times very light and make my skin feel fresh and plump.  I did notice that this serum is quite thick, but liquid enough that my skin was able to absorb it very quickly.  I also liked that it didn’t leave my hand feeling sticky which is great because my face didn’t feel sticky either.  I would definitely recommend this as a daily serum.


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I love how thick and creamy this moisturizing gel cream is.  The container itself made it seem very luxurious even though Neutrogena is an everyday commercial brand.  Upon opening the container, there is a protective plastic lid inside with a handle for easy application and to prevent the cream from going all over the container’s lid.  I also really liked that this had a light smell and made my skin feel very hydrated.  I am actually using this as a night cream because I use the SPF moisturizer as a day cream.


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I absolutely love that this moisturizer is SPF 30.  It is so important to have SPF in your daily moisturizer to protect our skin from the harsh rays of the sun.  Most moisturizers I’ve seen contain max SPF 15 so I was thrilled to see that this came in SPF 30.  Even though the SPF is stronger, surprisingly it didn’t smell too strongly of SPF.  It also didn’t leave my hands or face feel too greasy and the scent is almost non existent.  I would recommend this as a daily moisturizer.

Schmidt’s Lavender and Sage Natural Deodorant Review


Hi Savvys,

I recently received Schmidt’s new Lavender + Sage Natural deodorant for review from Chickadvisor and wanted to share my thoughts!

If you’re new to the world of natural deodorants, they often come in different formats and states.  Some come as crystals, roll on liquids or even solid forms.  They are also free of aluminum-based ingredients which have been shown to cause cancer, while still maintaining its effectiveness at keeping you feeling and smelling fresh.  Schmidt’s natural deodorants are also made with essential oils and plant extracts, making it the ultimate natural deodorant.

Upon opening the deodorant, I immediately felt a sense of calmness and relaxation from the lavender and sage essential oils found in the product itself.  I love the smell of lavender and found that the sage helped balance it out really nicely.  This deodorant comes in a solid stick format and the directions do say that you need to warm it up a bit to soften the oils.  After warming it by letting it touch my skin for a few moments, I did find that it did glide on chalky and left a residue behind.  However, after running it over a few times with the applicator, the residue absorbed right into my skin.

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I also wanted to find a deodorant that would leave me smelling fresh after a full working day as well as my work out, since I work out at least 3 times a week after work.  I usually do find that natural deodorants fall short of keeping me protected after the 8-hour mark, however this one did leave me feeling fresh even after my workout into my shower.

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Finally, I love that these products are cruelty free, Leaping Bunny Certified and Certified Vegan.  It makes me happy to see high quality products available and accessible for those who are concerned with living a sustainable lifestyle.

Hope you guys enjoyed this review!

Now set forth and be savvy!

Nena Skincare Routine


Hi Savvys!

Happy New year, new you!  If you haven’t already heard of Nena Skincare, let me give you the lowdown on this Canadian company!  Nena Skincare products are made using Glacial Oceanic clay harvested from British Columbia.  The natural properties of oceanic clay make these products great cleansers as they help remove toxins from your skin while tightening your pores and adding back moisture at the same time.

Continue reading below for a review on each product!  Don’t forget to check out my skincare routine using Nena products!



I am always on the lookout for new facial cleansing products so I was excited to try the Nena Cleansing cream.  Since it’s a cream, it was a bit thicker and creamier than I’m use to, however I did immediately notice the look and smell of the Glacial Oceanic clay within the product.  Because of its creamy and thick consistency, a little goes a long way and it left my face feeling and smelling fresh right after the first treatment!



According to the directions, the next step in my routine was to apply the clay mask.  The clay mask was a bit runnier than I am used to (since other clay masks tend to be very thick and sticky), however I think prefer this type of texture since it was very easy to apply and again, I didn’t need to much product to cover my face with.  I only had to wait about 5 minutes before the mask dried completely.  And because of the thin texture, it was very quick to wash away, leaving my face feeling super supple and pores looking noticeably smaller.



I love adding toners to my skincare routine because it just makes my face feel very light and fresh.  The texture is thicker than usual toners and resembles a serum more than a toner.  I like how I can control how much toner I am using and the fresh feeling it leaves on my face.



The last step to any skincare routine is always a good moisturizer.  When I am feeling too lazy for the full routine, this moisturizer is the only thing I put on.  This moisturizer is thick and creamy and makes my skin feel so soft.  There’s the added bonus of walking around smelling like a spa which means you will feel refreshed and relaxed all day!


Hope you guys found this review helpful and try out these Nena products.  Since I am trying to be more disciplined with following a skincare routine at least once a day, Nena makes it easy by providing all of the necessary products so I can achieve my new year goals! I love that these are Canadian, cruelty free and use high quality ingredients.

Now set forth and be Savvy!


Yves Rocher Nourishment Hair Care Routine


Hi Savvys!

I was so excited to have received the new Yves Rocher Nourishment Hair Care Routine!  I received the 2 in 1 Cream Mask, Shampoo and Rinsing Vinegar.  Continue reading below for a review on each product!


I’ve never used a nourishing cream before but the directions were self-explanatory.  You could use it as a treatment before your regular hair wash routine, or as a leave in solution after you wash your hair.  I prefer to use it as a treatment before my regular routine, which was convenient because you only have to leave the product in your hair for 10 minutes prior to rinsing it out.  The mask is thick, creamy and a little goes a long way.  I noticed my hair felt softer until my next wash after using the treatment!


I used the shampoo after the cream mask.  I love that the shampoo has avocado oil in it as it left my hair feeling really soft.  In my usual hair care routine, I tend to only wash my hair after 3 days, with the 3rd day desperate for a wash.  However, with using this shampoo, I found that even on the 4th day my hair was still soft and clean looking.


I’ve never thought to use a rinsing vinegar before but will definitely consider adding this to my routine in the future.  This vinegar solution left my hair smelling like raspberry for days and in combination with the mask and shampoo, it really left my hair feeling soft and volumized, even after 4 days of no washing.


Hope you guys found this review helpful.  Overall I really like how these new Yves Rocher products use 95% natural ingredients, are silicone free and vegan.  It’s great to see such large companies making a change with their formulation to adapt to changing demands within the beauty world.

Now set forth and be Savvy!

Pixi’s Vitamin-C Collection Skincare Routine + Review

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Hi Savvys!

I was so excited to have received my first ever Pixi products!  I love that Pixi is cruelty free, paraben free and uses natural ingredients.  I received this Vitamin-C Collection which consisted of 5 products for a full skin care routine.  Continue reading below to see the order of which I used the products and my review!

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This was the first time I ever saw a cleanser pump like this.  To be honest, I was a bit confused on how to use it because when you pump, the cleanser goes all over the place since it’s very thin and liquidy. I ended up just pouring it into my palm before applying it to my face.  I found the cleanser to be quite refreshing, light smelling and more importantly made my face feel fresh and clean.

Logo-Vitamin C Tonic Toner

I’ve said this before about toners, but I really wish companies would put their toners in spray bottles.  Not only is it easier to apply but you are also using less since when you pour it onto a cotton pad, most of it is absorbed into the pad rather than applied onto your face.  Much like the cleanser, this toner made my face feel immediately refreshed.  I also really liked how well it went following the cleanser.

Logo-Vitamin C Serum

I loved how cute this serum bottle was.  It reminded me of when I was a child going through my mother’s beauty products.  A little goes a long way and I loved how cooling it was on my face.  I used this right after I applied the toner.

Logo-Vitamin C Caviar Balm

I tried to search online to see in which order I needed to apply this caviar balm in but couldn’t find the information so I assume it needs to be applied after the serum but before the lotion.  This caviar balm was so thick that you only need a little dollop. I loved the feeling on my face and my neck.

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I find it so hard to find a daytime lotion because I usually like to use SPF for added protection.  However I did love this as a night time cream.  It is so thick and made my skin feel so fresh and plumped in the morning.  Perfect for my night time routine.

Overall I love this line not only because Pixi in general is cruelty free, but I loved how natural and non-synthetic all of the products were.  They had a subtle citrus smell and made my face feel so fresh.

Hope you guys found this review helpful.  I am looking forward to the next Pixi products that I try.

Now set forth and be Savvy!

Kat Von D Go Big or Go Home VoxBox

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Hi Savvys!

I was so excited to have received Influenster’s Kat Von D Go Big or Go Home VoxBox.  Firstly, I love how Influenster is highlighting lots of cruelty free and vegan beauty products lately.  This is my second VoxBox that I’ve received that is cruelty free and vegan, which makes me super excited to see that this is where the industry is headed towards.

The Go Big or Go Home VoxBox features the Go Big or Go Home Mascara and Tattoo Liner.  Both of these products are made with plant based fats, is cruelty free and vegan.

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The Go Big or Go Home Mascara: Upon opening the container, the first thing I noticed was that the mascara seemed a bit clumpy.  I decided to apply the mascara on without curling my eye lashes to see how well it would hold up to my short and stubborn lashes.  After applying the first coat, the mascara did come on a bit clumpy.  But after a few more coats, it became smooth and made my lashes look thick.  It even managed to curl my lashes up a bit!

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The Tattoo Liner: This liner really does look as thin as a tattoo needle (of course I exaggerate, but it was that pointy!).  I don’t have a steady hand for liquid liners, but on my first try (you can see it in my video!), I was able to achieve a straight line.  I would definitely find this useful when wanting to make a bold statement with your eyes.

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Overall because this is plant based and effective, I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a bold and dramatic look.

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Hope you guys found this review helpful.  I am looking forward to the different looks that I can create with the sleek tattoo liner and mascara!!

Note that I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

See below link for my video!

Now set forth and be Savvy!


Clean & Clear Lemon Cleansing Line

Clean & Clear Lemon Cleansing Line

Hi Savvys!

I received the Clean & Clear Lemon VoxBox from Influenster for review.  This VoxBox gave me so much nostalgia because Clean & Clear was the first brand of facial cleansing products that I ever used as a teenager!


This VoxBox was very generous – I received their Toner, Cleansing wipes and Scrub complimentary.  I will surely be set for a year!


The Toner: Everyone needs a good toner in their routine.  After you wash your face, it is important to use a toner to help restore the PH balance.  The reason we feel that tightness after washing our face is because we’ve thrown our PH balance off, and a good toner will put that balance back, making your face feel refreshed!  The lemon toner did just that, making my face feel nourished and refreshed.  The only thing I did notice was that the scent did smell a bit like Mr. Clean.  Also, I prefer my toners to be in spray bottles for easy application – since toners are as thin as water, when you apply it to a cotton pad you are actually getting more product onto the cotton pad than your face.

The Scrub: This scrub is so gentle on my skin and made it feel so soft after using it.  I typically only use scrubs once a month because my skin is so sensitive, and was a bit apprehensive of this one.  The beads feel smaller than other scrubs I’ve used and much softer.  I will definitely be using this again and recommend it to anyone looking for a scrub.

The Cleansing Wipes: I am not a customer of wipes because they are not compostable or biodegradable.  I am also pretty minimalist when it comes to my skincare routine so the less the better for me.  However, for people who do like to purchase cleansing wipes, I do recommend this brand because it was very effective on my sensitive skin.  Check out my video below for my review and how these wipes were able to remove all of my makeup!

Now set forth and be Savvy!

Vichy Liftactiv Collagen Specialist Voxbox

Vichy Liftactiv Collagen Specialist

Hi Savvys!

I was so surprised to have received the Vichy Liftactiv Collagen Specialist VoxBox complimentary for review. I am getting into a more comprehensive skincare routine and am always looking for new products to try.


I’ve noticed a trend recently about collagen products, which helps firm up aging skin. I was curious to see what this could do for my skin since my skin is still pretty firm and fine line free.

Upon opening the container, I found that it was really strong smelling. It was actually kind of off putting because I am not used to products that are so strong. I’ve used other Vichy products before and have noticed that in general, they do tend to be strong smelling, but this was really uncomfortable.

The packing is pretty and they do have really good ingredients, like vitamin c, is made without parabens and is hypoallergenic. I used this for 3 days and did notice that my skin felt immediately firmer and plumper.


Overall, I do not think I would purchase this product because of the smell. I’m sure I can find similar products that is less stress on my nostrils. Hope you guys found this review helpful.

See below link for my video!

Now set forth and be Savvy!