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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.

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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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.

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.

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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Best of 2013

It took a bit of time to get this post together. I have so many favourites for different purposes. So at long last here is my list of the things I tried/discovered in 2013 that really made an impression on me.


Cleanser: Holistic Vanity – Rejuvenating Rosewater Cleanser. Full review to come. It’s just so soothing!
Toner: Marie Veronique Organics – Treatment Mist. Full review here.. Great to apply after a freshly washed face & also to set makeup.
Serum: Antipodes – Hosanna Intense H20 Serum. Full review here. So hydrating I can’t do without this for long.
Masks: May Lindstrom – The Problem Solver. See empties post here. It’s the best all around mask I’ve tried so far & I keep coming back to it. Also works great as a spot treatment.


Concealer: W3ll People – Narcissist Concealer & Foundation. See empties post here. I use this as a concealer. Great stuff!
Foundation: Haut Cosmetics – Bio Mineral Foundation. See full review here. Best loose mineral foundation I’ve ever used. Bonus that it’s a Canadian brand & a Clean Care Member.
Eyeshadow: Pure AnadaRead full review here. Nice loose mineral eye shadows. I’m going to try their pressed eyeshadow next. Canadian Brand as well!
Lipstick/Lip gloss: Marie NatieLip gloss. Review to come. Just got their lip gloss in December & loving it already. Smells & tastes delicious. Colour goes on smoothly & semi-sheer. A Clean Care Member & Canadian brand!

Rahua – Finishing Treatment & Voluminous Conditioner. See full review here. I use the Voluminous Conditioner as a detangler & leave-in conditioner! Finishing Treatment is perfect for days I want a more natural look. It’s better as a setting cream.
Yarok – Feed Your Do. See full review here. Perfect for giving my natural curls hold without being crunchy.


Body care:
Soap: I’m torn between Ground Soap (see review here) & Olive Authentique! It’s a tie!
Hand cream: Pure AnadaRead full review here. It’s so luxurious!
Body lotion: World Salon Protect – No review yet. This is a multi-tasking product that also works as a conditioner, detangler, & body lotion. But I like it best as a body lotion.