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3 Summer Favourites

Natural SPF

Haut Cosmetics, Raspberry Seed Oil ElixirReview

Did you know that Raspberry Seed Oil has a natural SPF of 28-50? In my search for sunscreens that don’t break my face out this oil has been a godsend. My normal routine is to use a face oil before putting on primer or moisturizer and then apply makeup. So this fits in perfectly with my morning routine. It’s a quick absorbing oil, so if you will be out in the sun all day you’ll have to reapply.

Cost: $59.95 CAD, 80 ml / 2.7 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Hydration, hydration, hydration!

Silkka Garden Apothecary, Blossom Hydration MistReview

Despite the muggy weather recently in my fair city, I still need to make sure my skin and hair is adequately hydrated. That’s where Silkka’s mist comes in. It smells divine. I’m usually scent sensitive but for some reason this mist doesn’t bother me. In fact it’s quite the opposite. I love the smell and have to restrain myself from spraying too often. This mist is a facial mist but I also love using it for my hair and body.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Silkka Garden Apothecary
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Vanilla Bean Heaven

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body LotionReview

The most scrumptious smelling vanilla body lotion. Smells good enough to eat but I wouldn’t recommend you do that! Cozy up to your significant other after slathering this on and you will have them drooling. I’m not usually a vanilla fan but this just smells amazing. It also works like gang busters for hydrating the skin.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green100% Pure, Detox Market Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

These are my 3 summer favourites. Which are yours?

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February/March: Empties

Laidbare, From Dusk Till Dawn Vitamin C SerumReview

I’m currently undecided if I want to repurchase this serum. It seemed to work well on my under eye circles but didn’t do much for my skin tone.

Cost: $9.99 GBP, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: NaturismoLaidbare Naturaceuticals
Rating: 3/5

100% Pure, Candy BlushReview

This was a decent blush. But it’s certainly not very travel-friendly. One accidental drop and it shattered to pieces. I had to use it as a loose blush because of that. I love the colour but I’m not sure if I would repurchase this again.

Cost: $36.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Big Carrot100% Pure CanadaHusk
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer (Samples) – No Review

My first time trying out the brand Lily Lolo came courtesy of Katie Vibes when she gave me the Lily Lolo Loose Powder Eyeshadow in Moonlight for the Green Beauty Swap. I really liked the eyeshadow, so I thought I would try more of Lily Lolo’s products. When Naturalla Beauty had a discount code on her blog, I happily bought some samples of the concealer from the Lily Lolo USA website. It looks like the concealer sample pack is no longer available on the Lily Lolo USA website which is a pity. For things like concealer and foundation I find it helpful to try the sample sizes before buying the full sized product. I bought the colours Nude and Caramel. Nude is about three shades too pale for me but works well for concealing my under eye circles. Caramel is also too light for my skin tone but is much closer to it. Now if they had another concealer a shade darker it would be a perfect match for me! I have already bought the full sized concealer in Caramel from White Apothecary.

Cost: Full Size: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USA, Lily Lolo UK
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Purifying Primer Review

This is still one of my favourite primers. I also like to use it in the evening as a kind of treatment cream when I’m breaking out. It helps keep my skin clear without having to use too much spot treatment. With my acne, I find a multi-pronged approach works well.

Cost: $ 59.00 CAD, 250 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics, Beauteabar
Rating: 5/5

Hurraw, Lip Balm in Vanilla BeanReview

My original review was for the grapefruit flavour so I decided to try a new flavour this time around. Hurraw doesn’t disappoint. My lips were still beautifully hydrated all day long with the Vanilla Bean flavour. I would definitely repurchase this balm.

Cost: $3.79 CAD
Available at: HurrawThe Big Carrot, Noah’s Natural Foods.
Rating: 5/5

Crawford Street, Tangerine Lip BalmReview

Another nice lip balm. This one was living in my purse for the longest time. Since this balm is more solid than others I’ve tried, it lasted longer and also doubled as face balm in a pinch. There isn’t much tangerine flavour to it but that’s okay. You don’t always want to taste your lip balm when you’re eating food. I would repurchase this in the future.

Cost: $5.00 CAD, 4 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Logan & FinleyCrawford StreetClementine Fields
Rating: 4/5


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January/February: Empties

100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Creamreview

Previously I had only tried a small sample of this body cream from Glam Goes Green. But when I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk and bought the full sized tube. I have to say, this stuff is the bomb! It smells like the world’s most yummiest, mouth watering vanilla cupcake. I’m not usually a fan of vanilla (and neither is hubby). But we both agreed that this stuff smells amazing. It’s not an overpowering scent either. It is subtle and sweet. Besides the lovely scent it actually is a really good body cream. It’s thick but I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin feels silky smooth after using this body cream and of course smells like heaven. I love it! I will repurchase this again in the future.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure, Husk
Rating: 5/5

Lavina, Organic Jojoba Oilreview

Hello mama! Here’s a lovely oil that can be used head to toe. I’ve been trying a lot of DIY recipes lately and I often see jojoba oil listed as one of the ingredients. It’s a really versatile oil and I’ve been loving it in my hair as well as on my face. I created my own DIY facial oil blend for nourishing and clarifying my skin. It’s been working so well I may not buy anymore facial oils in the future unless I’m tempted beyond measure. This one gets full marks because it ticks off all my criteria. Organic? Cold Pressed? Canadian business? Check, check and check!

Cost: $20.00 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Lavina
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Brightening Hyaluronic Lotionreview

Holistic Vanity is another brand love affair for me. I like a lot of their products so you’ll see me mention them a lot on my blog. This lotion is lovely and soothing. Paired with the Antipodes brightening serum it’s a knock out team. The lotion is light enough to use for the day time but I like to use it at night. I must get some more of this soon.

Cost: $68.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Antipodes, Apostle Skin-Brightening Serumreview

I have sensitive skin. So when I find a brightening serum that doesn’t irritate it, I tend to stay loyal unless I find something better. So far, I haven’t found any product better than this brightening serum. I’m a fan of convenience so I haven’t been rubbing my face with lemons, even though it may cost less. I’m still loving this serum so I will definitely repurchase this again!

Cost: $58.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: White ApothecaryUrb Organic Spa
Rating: 5/5

Have you tried any of these brands?


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Product Review: 100% Pure Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream


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Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla Absolute) Extract, Corylus Avellana Seed (Hazelnut) Oil, Extracts of Organic Coffee Kona (Green Coffee)*, Organic Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry)*, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry) and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)*, Citric Adid, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf , Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadersis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf*, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin * Certified Organic

Previously I had only tried a small sample from Glam Goes Green. When I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk and bought the full sized tube of body cream. I have to say, this stuff is the bomb! It smells like the world’s most yummiest, mouth watering vanilla cupcake. I’m not usually a fan of vanilla and neither is hubby. But we both agree this stuff smells amazing. Okay, besides the lovely scent it’s a really good body cream. It’s a nice thick white cream and I could use oodles of this really quickly because it feels so luxurious. Instead, I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and amazingly, it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin absorbs this body cream like a sponge and I don’t get sticky or oily, unlike using pure coconut oil as a moisturizer. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. My only small complaint would be the tube it comes in. When you get towards the end of the tube it gets really hard to squeeze all the lotion out.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure, Husk
Rating: 5/5

 


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100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Nourishing Body Cream


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Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Juice)*, Organic Rosa Centifolia Flower Water (Rose Hydrosol)*, Theobroma Cacao Seed (Cocoa) Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil (Avocado Butter), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Seed Oil, Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ribes Nigrum (Blackcurrant) Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit (Vanilla Absolute) Extract, Corylus Avellana Seed (Hazelnut) Oil, Extracts of Organic Coffee Kona (Green Coffee)*, Organic Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Fruit*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Organic Rubus Idaeus Fruit (Raspberry)*, Rubus Fruticosus Fruit (Blackberry) and Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea)*, Citric Adid, Hamamelis Virginiana Water (Witch Hazel), Extract of Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf , Thymus Vulgaris Flower/Leaf (Thyme), Hydrastis Canadersis (Goldenseal), Ethyl Alcohol (Grain Alcohol), Extracts of Euterpe Oleracea (Acai Berry) Fruit, Resveratrol, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf*, Garcinia Mangosteen (Mangosteen) Peel, Lycium Barbarum (Goji Berry) Fruit, Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry) and Vitis Vinifera (Muscadine Grape) Skin * Certified Organic

Previously I had only tried a small sample from Glam Goes Green. When I was Christmas shopping I went to Husk (closed in July 2015) and bought the full sized tube of body cream. I have to say, this stuff is the bomb! It smells like the world’s most yummiest, mouth watering vanilla cupcake. I’m not usually a fan of vanilla and neither is hubby. But we both agree this stuff smells amazing. Okay, besides the lovely scent it’s a really good body cream. It’s a nice thick white cream and I could use oodles of this really quickly because it feels so luxurious. Instead, I like to spread it on damp skin just after my shower and amazingly, it still moisturizes really well if sparingly used. My skin absorbs this body cream like a sponge and I don’t get sticky or oily, unlike using pure coconut oil as a moisturizer. I would definitely repurchase this in the future. My only small complaint would be the tube it comes in. When you get towards the end of the tube it gets really hard to squeeze all the lotion out.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, 100% Pure
Rating: 5/5

 


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Top 15 Best Skincare, Makeup, Haircare and Bodycare Products of 2014

Now I know you’ve been waiting all year long for me to publish this post right? Just kidding! But in case you were curious, here’s what I tried in 2014 that made an impression on me.


Skincare
1. Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic – This toner is so hydrating and calming for my sensitive skin.
2. Antipodes, Brightening Serum – Looking to brighten your skin gently and quickly? This worked so well for me.
3. Lavina, Barbary Fig Seed Oil – A hydrating, non-irritating and luxurious oil. This is a daily essential in my skincare routine now.
4. Osmia Organics, Spot Treatment – This spot treatment is great at treating blemishes without drying my skin out!
5. Batty’s Bath, Dead Sea Mud Mask – A nice thick, one ingredient mask.

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Makeup
6. Lippy Girl, Lipstick – Vegan and crafted in BC, these lipsticks have some intense colour. They now also make eyeshadow, blush and foundation!
7. Red Apple Lipstick – Vegan and eco-friendly these lipsticks give conventional toxic lipsticks a run for their money.
8. Sappho Cosmetics, Pressed EyeShadows – Finely milled and with great colour payoff these are some amazing eyeshadows.
9. Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral Foundation – Still the best mineral foundation I’ve ever used.

Haircare
10. Batty’s Bath, Conditioner – I actually use this as a setting lotion and it works well for my curly hair.
11. Sudsatorium, I Drink Your Milkshake – A luxurious smelling conditioner that makes my hair soft and shiny.

Bodycare
12. Kynk Naturals, In the Raw – a fair trade shea butter that’s light and oh so hydrating.
13. 100% Pure, Vanilla Bean Body Cream – First tried this as a sample and it impressed me so much I bought the full sized product.
14. Leaves of Trees, Coffee Argan Scrub – Love coffee? You’ll love this lovely coffee scented scrub then.
15. Therawise, SHO Healing Ointment – An all-natural alternative to polysporin that works so well!

What’s on your best of 2014 list?


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October/November: Empties

Pure Anada, Lemongrass Luxury Hand Cream

Read full review here. This is a great thick hand cream that comes in an airless pump. I like to keep one of these on my desk at work to use after washing my hands. When I use this cream it helps keep the dreaded hang nails at bay. Would definitely repurchase this in the future! Also comes in: Lavender and Gardenia scents. I’ve tried all the scents and love them all. Wish it came in a chocolate scent too. Can you tell I love chocolate?

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 250 ml / 4 oz
Available at: The Pure Boutique, Well.ca
Rating: 5/5

Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic

Read full review here. This toner/tonic is my fave now. It’s so gentle and healing. I’ve repurchased this at least three times now and will continue to repurchase. Although it’s part of a rosacea skincare line, it’s perfect for my sensitive skin.
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Pure + Simple, Refining Peach Enzyme Treatment – Review

My fave chemical exfoliator. It works quickly and doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin. Plus it smells great!

Cost: $49.45 CAD, 50 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Lavina, Barbary Fig Seed Oil – Review

Barbary Fig Seed Oil is so nourishing to my skin and most importantly doesn’t break me out. I’ve already repurchased this for myself and will continue to do so.

Cost: $29.99 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina Skincare
Rating: 5/5

Odacité, Black Cumin + Cajeput Pimple Concentrate – Review

This is a somewhat pricey concentrate that can be used undiluted or added to your moisturizer. I give it points for versatility. It totally works for reducing the size of my blemishes without drying out my skin. But for those on a budget I’d recommend something less expensive.

Cost: $31.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.17 oz
Available at: The Detox MarketFresh Faced
Rating: 4/5

Odacité, Jojoba Lavender Clogged Pores Serum Concentrate – Review

This concentrate didn’t do much to unclog my pores. Besides it would be easy to do a DIY version that costs less. I won’t be repurchasing this in the future.

Cost: $33.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.17 oz
Available at: The Detox MarketFresh Faced
Rating: 3/5

Jaydancin, All Natural Lip Balm – No Review

Ingredients: Vitamin E, Coconut oil, Beeswax

This is a super clean, three ingredient lip balm by Jaydancin. It nicely moisturized my lips. It’s a tad soft due to the coconut oil, so if you live in a hot climate this lip balm might melt on you. Since it’s winter here in my fair city I had no problems. There isn’t any scent added to this lip balm so it would be ideal for those who are allergic to scent. I would repurchase this lip balm in the future. I couldn’t find any size information on the website and all the writing rubbed off the label. I wish Jaydancin would improve their website. It’s kind of convoluted and hard to find things. For one thing there isn’t a search function available on the site!
Cost: $3.00 CAD
Available at: Jaydancin
Rating: 4/5