TVAL is a small company based out of Newfoundland. Founded in 2003 by Anna Hellqvist and her partner, Jason Bailey, both PhD certified in biology. Their site boasts that products are made in small batches, developing each product themselves. Their motto is that life is too short to use bad soap. Their company and product line has been growing since its beginning, and they provide a variety of beauty and cosmetics that both work well and smell great.

The company only retails in Lindsay, Ontario, but their product lines are available online at very reasonable prices. For good, quality products that will leave you satisfied, TVAL is a go-to. Something that has to be said is that pretty much every scent that comes from these products is amazing. (Note: not formally included in this review is their Partridgeberry soap, $5.00, it’s a beautiful scent and a lovely product)

Here are a few products to consider trying:

rsz_cleanserCleansing Milk with Geranium

Travel size (60mlL): $8.00, Full size (240mL): $20.00

Ingredients: Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, stearic acid, emulsifying wax NF, Propylene Glycol (and) Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium) Oil

This cleanser is incredibly efficient in removing make up. With just a little amount, your skin will be clean and smooth. It’s important that a cleanser removes the pollutants that your skin collects through the day as well, and this cleanser does both. This product is so gentle that it can be used on the most sensitive of skin types (like yours truly).



rsz_oliveGolden Olive Serum (30mL) $33.00

Ingredients: Olive Squalane, Sea Buckthorn oil, geranium essential oil

Don’t let the fact that this product is made from oil change your mind about trying this serum. Using this product will leave your face soft and smooth and without looking oily. The serum is naturally extracted from olive oil and allows your skin to naturally regenerate while being nourished. The main ingredient in this product is olive squalene, which helps tone down any redness in skin and combats rosacea. Just a few drops a day, either before or in replacement of your moisturizer, and you’ll notice your skin becoming smoother and clearer after a few weeks of use. For oily skin types, it’s best not to follow up with a moisturizer too often, but this serum will work for nearly any skin type.



buddhaBuddha Eye Cream (30mL): $25.00

Ingredients: Aqua, rose water, cucumber extract, glycerine, olive squalane, shea butter, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) PEG-40 Castor Oil (and) Stearalkonium Chloride, silk amino acids, Tocopherol, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate.

This cream is good enough to use all over the face. It brings light to dark circles and leaves eyes much less puffy.  Like most other eye creams, apply gently around the eye area and allow it to absorb for a few seconds before blending it out. This product is nice and light, which is a bonus for any face cream.




Skin Smoothie in Pink Cotton Candy 

Travel size (60mL): $6.00, Full Size (240mL) $17.00


Ingredients: Aqua, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit oil, Polowax NF,  Glycerin, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea (and) Iodopropynl Butylcarbamate.

TVAL’s site claims this is the line’s bestseller, and if you use it, you’ll know why. It’s thick and full-bodied, but absorbs right away eaving your skin quenced and refreshed. The best thing about this moisturizer is the smell. It manages to smell good enough to eat, but it’s not like most other food or candy-scented products. This product’s scent hits just the right amount of sweet without going overboard. For those of you that love a good candy-scent, this product is perfect. It’s gentle enough for all skin types, and leaves your skin soft and smooth.



image.phpSolid Shampoo in Fresh scent (50g): $8.00

Ingredients: Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Incroquat CR, Theobroma Cacao (cocoa) Seed Butter, Stearic Acid, Emulsifying Wax NF, Aqua. Also in Clean: Dulse Alger; in Fresh: Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Pogostemon patchouli (Patchouli) oil, FD&C blue; in Shine: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, citric acid, perfume, FD&C yellow, FD&C red; in Soft: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit, perfume.

Solid shampoo comes with multiple benefits. Because it is a water-free product, TVAL doesn’t have to add any preservatives, not plastic bottles are required, and less chance of accidents while traveling. The “Fresh” bar is made with peppermint and patchouli and is meant to help with dry, itchy scalp. The product left hair feeling thicker, and the scalp feeling much more moisturized.

rsz_10243246Shimmering Loose Mineral Eyeshadows SMINK in Mummer (5mL): $7.00

Ingredients: Mica (CI 77491), Zinc oxide, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Magnesium stearate. May contain Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Chromium oxide greens (CI 77289) and/or Ultramarines (CI 77007)

Loose eyeshadow is great because it’s so versatile and easy to use as a shadow or as a liner with a wet angle brush. It’s up to the brush holder how light or dark the shadow turns out. And, this line of eyeshadow is particularly good because it can be applied using a brush, sponge tip, or even your fingers. This colour works beautifully for contouring your eyes, the deep chocolate brown color with hints of copper and gold sheen make nearly any eye colour pop. It’s just the right amount of sass and shimmer without being too girly or adolescent. The SMINK collection comes in a variety of shades, check them out here.

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