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Spa Review: Pure + Simple, Super Hydrating Facial

As most of you know, I love shopping local and one of my favourite places to buy my skincare is Pure + Simple. Not only do they have their own lines of amazing skincare (see my reviews on Holistic Vanity and Pure + Simple products) but they also carry cosmetics and other skincare lines. The newly revamped Yorkville spa location has miles of shelf space which allows them to also carry some haircare products which aren’t available at the other locations. The Yorkville location also has a Wellness Centre with services that the other locations don’t have. For example there is naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture, massage therapy and nutrition sessions available at this lovely location on the upper floors.

After my review of the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line I was offered the chance to visit the Yorkville location and experience one of their new facials. I had the lovely Isabella for my Super Hydrating Facial and I loved every minute of it! Isabella did all of the traditional facial steps. She first removed all of my makeup, then examined my skin and proceeded with the steaming, facial mask, extractions and massages. I also got to have the high frequency treatment and oxygen sprayed on my face to help my skin absorb the products being slathered on my skin. I have to say, Isabella has very talented hands. She was both gentle and firm depending on what my skin needed. We had an interesting chat during my facial. I love talking to estheticians! We traded skincare and makeup tips, tricks and routines. Isabella, I’m trying your eyebrow tips and loving them so far! At the end of my treatment Isabella asked me if I had any questions. I bought some of the items she suggested for my dehydrated skin and I’ve been using them with great results. I’ll be reviewing those products in a future post. I left the spa with a very oily face but totally relaxed and mellow. I will definitely be booking my next facial at the Pure + Simple Yorkville location with Isabella.

Rating: 5/5

Thanks again to Pure + Simple for the facial. To learn more about Pure + Simple check out a list of their locations. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest!

At the front of the spa they have their cosmetics section. This is a natural makeup wonderland I’d like to play in the next time I get a chance!

Just to give you an idea of how much shelf space they have, after the cosmetics section are these long rows of shelves to the back of the store. And behind the receiving desk near the waiting area is another set of shelves.

Here’s a shot of their haircare selection. Intelligent Nutrients, John Masters, Rahua and InnerSense are among the lines they carry. I went a little crazy buying some of the hair products!

The waiting area on the first floor.

One of the cozy and relaxing treatment rooms.

Yorkville room

Have you ever had a facial at Pure + Simple? You may also like my review to the Aquabrasion facial, also at Pure + Simple.


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Au Naturale, Concealer and Foundation


Au Naturale, Crème Concealer in Beige

Ingredients: Organic Castor Oil, Mica, Wildcrafted Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Simmondsia Chinsis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Castor Wax, Iron Oxides, Kaolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oleoresin, Organic Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Organic Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Organic Maranta Arledinacea

Another find from green beauty shop Natural Code is Au Naturale‘s Crème Concealer in Beige. This concealer actually looks way too light for my skin tone in the swatch above. But if you look at the picture below where I’ve blended it into my skin you can hardly detect it. Some great ingredients in this concealer, kaolin clay is great for absorbing oils, jojoba oil is also close to the skin’s natural sebum production. Rosemary and Olive are both known as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants. I like the simplicity of using this concealer. I just dab my fingers into the pot and pat it gently on my under eye circles and blemishes. The coverage can be built up from medium to full. I like to keep it at medium coverage since I think that looks more natural and realistic than being able to cover up all the tiny imperfections. Since my skin is blemish prone and very sensitive I’m quite picky about what I put on my face. I’m happy to report that this concealer didn’t break me out, nor did it cause any other reactions. I’m seriously considering making this concealer my everyday concealer as it’s so easy to use and I like the coverage. The small pot is also very travel friendly, compared to some powder concealers I’ve tried. I would like to play with the other concealer colours (like Buff) to see if that would suit me better.


Cost: $30.00 CAD, 5.5 ml / 0.2 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5


Au Naturale, Powder Foundation in Sand

Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (Non-Nano), Mica, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides.

I wanted to like this foundation. However there are too many oxides in this foundation and I found it would leave a very white cast around my eyes and any dry spots. The colour seemed to be the right one for me when I swatched at the store. But when I got it home I realized it was several shades too light for me. Luckily I had some darker pigments I was able to add to this foundation so that I could make it usable for my skin without looking like I was auditioning for Kabuki. The container also isn’t very travel friendly. The large perforated top lets a lot of foundation out. Once you take the plastic sticker off its hard to dispense a little at a time unless you are careful. I tend to like foundations with more clays included in the formulation like Haut’s Bio Mineral Foundation. My skin is already prone to some oilyness and this foundation didn’t work that well for me because of the shininess of the oxides and mica. The oxides can provide great coverage but unless Au Naturale reformulates by adding some clays in, I don’t think I will be repurchasing this foundation again.

Cost: $40.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.3 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Au Naturale
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Have you ever tried Au Naturale?


Studio 78 Paris, Let’s Get Married Liquid Lipstick in Rose Wedding 03

Earlier this summer I visited green beauty shop Natural Code for the first time. One of the brands I found there was Studio 78 Paris, a brand I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. I nabbed one of their liquid lipsticks and have been using it for a while now.


Ingredients: Ricinus Communis Seed oil*, Silica, Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Glyceryl Rosinate, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Extract, Cocos Nucifera Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca Kernel Oil*, Persea Gratissima Oil*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil*, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract*, Parfum, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain: CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77742, CI 77510, CI 77007

This is a beautifully thick liquid lipstick that can easily be sheered out for a softer look. I chose the Rose Wedding 03 shade which is a bright fuschia colour. It’s funny that the name of this shade is Rose Wedding when it looks more pinkish to me. Anyway, when this velvet lipstick is sheered out it almost looks like a soft coral. The applicator tip is an angeled hard sponge tip and the lipstick comes out in a small hole in the middle. You push a button on the bottom to get more lipstick to come out. When I first opened up the lipstick I found it strange that I had to click the button for about 10 minutes continuously to get any lipstick. But when it finally got to the top of the applicator it wasn’t hard after that to get the colour dispensed. The colour pigmentation of this lipstick is quite intense and in texture it’s a creamy formula. This is the kind of lipstick you want to wear when you’re at an event like a wedding and want the colour to last all day long. I found it dried my lips out though, so for those with desert lips like me, I would suggest applying a layer of lip balm before lipstick. I wouldn’t use this lipstick for everyday wear since I’m more accustomed to using lighter lipsticks. But it’s a great ecobeauty product to replace something like Revlon’s Long Lasting Lipsticks, which contain ingredients that aren’t the best for your skin.

Cost: $32.00 CAD, 2 ml / 0.07 oz
Available at: Natural Code, Clementine Fields, NubonNau
Brand Origin: France
Rating: 4/5

Have you tried Studio 78 Paris products? What did you think of them?

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June/July: Empties

John Masters Citrus and Neroli Detangler (sample) – No Review

I mixed a sample size of this into my aloe vera juice leave-in for an extra moisturizing and detangling kick. It worked very well, though it leaves a sticky white residue in my spray bottle. Currently I’m undecided if I want to repurchase or try a more DIY approach to a detangler.

Cost: $24.75 CAD, 236 ml / 8.0 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields, Thair, Well.ca
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 3/5

Holistic Vanity, Calming Aloe Kumari CleanserReview

This is one of my favourite cleansers. When my skin is reactive and needs a break from everything I can safely use this cleanser without making matters worse. The Aloe Kumari Cleanser is actually part of the rosacea line but also works well for any sensitive skin types. I’ve repurchased this cleanser many times and will continue to do so.

Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple, Glam Goes Green
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Marie Veronique Advanced, Gentle Retinol Serum (sample) – Review

This is a great quality retinol from Marie Veronique Advanced. While I enjoyed using this retinol a lot, the price is a bit much for me. So I’m off to search for something more affordable. However, if I don’t find something that works as well as this retinol I would definitely repurchase it.

Cost: $110.00 USD, 30 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Marie Veronique AdvancedLilou Organics
Rating: 4/5

Lily Lolo, Concealer in CaramelReview

This concealer is the best one I’ve used so far. The texture is so light that you wouldn’t be able to tell I’m wearing it just by looking at me. Also the shade is almost perfect. If this were one or two shades darker I wouldn’t have to use a powder foundation on top to blend & correct the colour. Also a few granules of concealer spreads very well on the skin so you don’t need much to do spot concealing or even your whole face.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo USANaturismo
Brand Origin: UK
Rating: 4/5

Odacite, Intensive Hand and Heel Therapy (sample) – Review

I finished up my small sample size quickly since I was slathering it on my feet daily. It still lasted longer than I thought the tiny bottle would last! It’s sandal weather here in my city so I need to buy some more. Since I finished my sample I’ve been using other moisturizers and it just doesn’t do the job as well as this one does. My feet have never felt so soft (yet not greasy) in ages! Must buy some more soon!

Cost: $45.00 CAD, 120 ml / 4 oz
Available at: Petal and Post, Detox Market Canada
Brand Origin: USA
Rating: 5/5

Parkdale Butter, CocoaNut Body ButterReview

I love the whipped texture of this body butter. My skin doesn’t absorb it as fast as I’d like but that’s the nature of coconut oil and cocoa butter. I would definitely consider repurchasing this after finishing off some of the other body butters in my cabinet.

Cost: $24.99 CAD, 240 ml / 8.1 oz
Available at: Parkdale Butter, List of stockists
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Antipodes, Kiwi Seed Eye Cream – No Review

This cream didn’t do anything for my under eye circles. It’s really only good for moisturizing the eye area and firming it up. The jar lasted me so long that it actually went rancid before I could finish it. I won’t be repurchasing this because I would rather have an eye cream that addresses the darkness under my eyes.

Cost: $46.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: Urb Organic Spa, White Apothecary
Brand Origin: Australia
Rating: 3/5


Lily Lolo: Eyeshadow, Concealer, Blush, Brow Duo + Discount Code

I was first introduced to Lily Lolo by Katie Vibes in the Christmas Beauty Swap. She sent me their eyeshadow in Moonlight and I loved it! So after that experience I wanted to know more about the brand and purchased the concealer, blush and brow powder from White Apothecary. Now that I’ve used all these products for a while, I thought it was time for a product review.

Eyeshadow in Moonlight

Ingredients: mica (CI 77019), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), chromium oxide (CI 77288), ferric ferricyanide (CI 77510), ultramarine blue (CI 77007).

Moonlight is mix of brown and purple with some gold coloured flecks. As a loose mineral powder eyeshadow it has incredible pigment and great colour payoff. With that in mind, a little goes a long way. Using my makeup brush I will tap a little bit onto the cap and swirl my eyeshadow brush in it. I like to use this shade as my eyeliner in the day time. In the night time this would be a great shade to create a smokey eye look. It lasts all day long without creasing so it still looks great from the time I first put it on, till when I wash it off at the end of the day. I’m really liking this eyeshadow and it makes me wonder what their pressed eyeshadows are like. I would repurchase this once I run out.

Cost: $15.00 CAD, 1.3 g/ 0.05 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 5/5

Concealer in Caramel

Ingredients: kaolin, titanium dioxide, CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.

I tried swatching this concealer. If you look at the picture above you’ll see the blush swatch, the eyebrow duo swatch and below that is the concealer. It’s really hard to see because it’s pretty close to my natural skin tone. It’s only a shade lighter than my skin so it’s perfect as a concealer. When I use this, it looks like I’m literally erasing my blemishes and pigmentation spots. Yet at the same time it manages to feel very light and look natural on my skin. It doesn’t feel like I’m wearing any concealer. This is the best powder concealer I’ve tried so far in my green beauty journey. If this concealer matched my skin perfectly I would use only this instead of layering my Haut Bio-Mineral Foundation on top. I hope someday Lily Lolo comes out with more shades for this concealer. The only slightly strange thing about this concealer: it leaves an oily residue on the glass bowl I use to apply my makeup. It’s not a big deal for me though. I will most definitely repurchase this once I run out.

Cost: $21.00 CAD, 4.5 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 4/5

Blush in The Pink

Ingredients: mica, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil, Punica granatum (pomegranate) seed oil, Leptospermum scoparium (manuka) oil, sodium hyaluronate, eryngiu, maritimum callus culture filtrate [+/- silica, tin oxide, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide), CI 77742 (manganese violet), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77007 (ultramarines), CI 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), CI 77288 (chromium oxide), CI 75470 (carmine)]

Oh no, I confess I didn’t realize there was carmine in this blush. I try to stay away from products with animal by-products but this one slipped through my radar. It’s too bad because I really like this blush. It lends a natural pink flush to my cheeks. It’s sheer and light but totally buildable for a more dramatic look. I like to keep it sheer and natural-looking for my daytime makeup since I work in an office. It wouldn’t do to walk around looking like Raggedy Ann. It has good staying power as well and doesn’t crease or change colour on my face as some blushes have done in the past. Well I’m going to have to knock this rating down a notch because of the carmine. If Lily Lolo ever reformulates without carmine I would repurchase this.

Cost: $22.00 CAD, 4 g/ 0.2 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 3/5

Brow Powder in Dark

Ingredients: WAX – kaolin, Ricinus communis seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Candelilla cera, zinc stearate, hydrogenated castor oil, Copernicia cerifera cera, CI 77891(titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide). POWDER – kaolin, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, zinc stearate, [+/- CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 77491 (iron oxide), CI 77492 (iron oxide), CI 77499 (iron oxide)

I’m wondering now if I should have gotten this brow powder in medium. The dark is a bit too dark for me, even though I have very dark hair. I didn’t like the texture of this product and it didn’t go on naturally though I tried different applications. I also didn’t like the wax as it felt too heavy. I’m liking the Lavera brow gel better for keeping my brows in place. This just didn’t work for me.

Cost: $18.00 CAD, 2 g/ 0.1 oz
Available at: White Apothecary, Lily Lolo UK, Lily Lolo USA, Naturismo
Rating: 2/5

Have you ever tried Lily Lolo?

Get 15% off Lily Lolo with my discount code: EESPRING2015 at White Apothecary. Code is valid from May 1st to May 31st.

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March / April: Empties

Bodhi & Birch, Jasmine Falls Bath & Shower Therapy – No Review

This was one of the items I received from Katie Vibes for the previous Green Beauty Swap. This bath/shower gel smells like a dream. I love the scent. It is very strong however. The scent still lingers even after the gel is washed off. So it’s probably not appropriate for those who are scent sensitive. But wow, do I really love the smell. I’ve got to see if I can get this here in Canada.

Cost: $20.00 GBP, 200 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Bodhi & Birch, Naturismo
Rating: 4/5

Heritage Store, Rosewater – No review

I’m not fond of the scent of roses when it’s not the actual plant. I found the scent of this rosewater a bit strong. But that makes sense since it was made using rose essential oil. Using it, I did find that it was hydrating to the skin and hair. But it didn’t add enough benefits for the use and cost even though it’s relatively inexpensive. So I won’t be repurchasing this.

Cost: $9.49 CAD, 237 ml / 8 oz
Available at: Heritage Store, Amazon.ca, Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 3/5

Marie Veronique, Oil du Jour Vegan (sample) Review

I really enjoyed using this oil. There are lots of powerhouse ingredients in this oil, which accounts for its price. My skin loved this oil and soaked it up like a sponge! It also helped to reduce inflammation and contains some sun protection in the form of raspberry seed oil. I would definitely repurchase this oil. In fact, I’m thinking this might become one of the staples in my skincare routine!

Cost: $90.00 USD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at: Marie VeroniqueLilou Organics
Rating: 5/5

Batty’s Bath, Facial Primer & Detox Daily Moisturizer Review

Even though it feels like the summer will soon be upon us, I miss the creamy moisture of this facial primer. I finished it off in March and I’m going to repurchase it soon, along with some other items I love from Batty’s Bath!

Cost: $12.00 CAD, 60 g / 2 oz
Available at: Batty’s Bath
Rating: 4/5

Living Libations, Underarm Charm Review

This deodorant is tiny but packs a punch. It really does work with just one swipe, as instructed on the bottle. I’m currently undecided if I want to repurchase it however. The idea of destroying a sandalwood tree just to make essential oil doesn’t sit well with me even though it’s from an ethical farm and sustainably harvested. Sandalwood is a parasitic tree. From what I’ve read the only way to harvest it is to remove the entire tree from its host. Read more about sandalwood here. It might sound silly to some, but it seems a bit of a waste to let a tree grow for 30 years and then have to destroy it to get the essential oil. The flower child in me gets sad at the idea of killing such a beautiful tree.

Cost: $25.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.17 oz
Available at: Living LibationsHealth Hut
Rating: 4/5

Pure Anada, Brow Powder in Cliff Review

I’ve repurchased this brow powder at least twice now. A little tiny 1 gram pot lasts forever! I’m so used to it now that I’m afraid to try anything else! Anyway, this is one of the staples in my makeup bag. It’s good, it’s cheap, it’s Canadian and it travels well too. What’s not to love? A definite repurchase.

Cost: $8.00 CAD, 1 g / 0.03 oz
Available at: The Pure BoutiqueWell.ca, The Big Carrot
Rating: 5/5

Jason, Powersmile Toothpaste – No review

This is one of the easiest toothpastes to find even in ordinary supermarkets that don’t carry most natural foods or products. I used this for the longest time but decided to try a different toothpaste recently (Earthpaste). I’m currently liking Earthpaste so I’m not sure if I’ll ever go back to Powersmile.

Cost: $5.99 CAD, 170 g / 6 oz
Available at: Amazon.ca, The Big Carrot, Well.ca
Rating: 4/5

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Product Review: @laveraorganic Lavera Style and Care Gel


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol* , Sucrose* , Dehydroxanthan Gum, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Fruit Extract* , Shellac, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil* , Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract* , Hippophae Rhamnoides Extract (Sea Buckthorn)* , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil* , Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter* , Olea Europaea (Oilve) Fruit Oil* , Hydrogenated Lecithin, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract* , Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract* , Tilia Cordata Flower Extract* , Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Fragrance (Essential Oils)** * indicates Certified Organic Ingredients

I wanted to love this clear gel. I bought it mainly for my brows but I’ve also been using this for my lashes. It makes my lashes clump together so I have to comb it through to ensure its being evenly spread. As for formulation there are some good ingredients in here for thickening and moisturizing the lashes. But I’m not sure why Lavera felt this product needed alcohol because it takes away from the moisturizing ingredients. Scent-wise, there is a very light, almost herbal smell to this clear gel which can be used as a mascara or brow groomer. It has a double ended brush for both lash and brow (see image below). The only thing I don’t like about the smell is that I can smell the alcohol in it. The mascara is clear, and feels cool going on my lashes. I won’t be repurchasing this product again. It doesn’t do much for my lashes and brows so I would rather spend $20.00 on something else.

Cost: $19.99 CAD, 9 ml / 0.3 oz
Available At: (CAD) Big Carrot, True Natural, (UK) Pravera, Ecco Verde, (USA) Amazon.com
Rating: 3/5

Have you tried Lavera’s Style and Care Gel? What did you think of it?