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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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Haut Cosmetics, Raspberry Elixir



For the longest time, I’ve been looking for a facial sun screen that didn’t break me out. I hadn’t had any luck, so I thought maybe I should approach the problem in a different way. I started doing research and found out that some oils have natural SPF qualities. To experiment I decided to pick one oil out to try at a time and see how it worked for me. My first experiment has been with: ta-dah! Raspberry Seed oil! Read on for my review.

Ingredients: 100% Pure Red Raspberry Seed Oil, Vanilla Bean (Lactobacillus/Dipteryx Odorata Seed Ferment Filtrate) Bio-ferment.

Raspberry Seed Oil has a lot of great qualities. For one thing, this lovely seed oil has a high proportion of vitamin E, vitamin A and other anti-oxidants. It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and helps to heal skin conditions like eczema, and psoriasis. Raspberry Seed Oil also has a natural SPF ranging from 28-50. Since I’m all about simplicity these days I love the idea of a one ingredient natural sunscreen. I’m happy to report that this oil works perfectly for me in that way. I like to put it on before my moisturizer so it can soak in. Then I apply my makeup and my face remains matte all day long. This oil has a slightly nutty smell and absorbs easily into my skin. It feels like a “dry” oil. For those not familiar with dry oils, their qualities are known as being lightweight, quick absorbing and for having a non-greasy finish. Jojoba oil for example, isn’t a dry oil. When I put jojoba oil on my face it sits on the top layer of my skin and takes quite a long time for my skin to absorb. But the raspberry seed oil absorbs so well into my skin that I actually don’t need to use blotting paper during the day like I have in the past. I’m really loving this Raspberry Elixir from Haut Cosmetics!

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


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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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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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What’s in My Drawer: Every Day Makeup

Every Day Makeup Drawer

I have to confess, I’m a very curious person and I’m always interested in what cosmetic products people use. So I thought you all might enjoy finding out what is currently in my makeup drawer. I have about three drawers I devote to my personal care. There is my every day makeup drawer, my weekly drawer, & my storage drawer. Each drawer will have a separate post since there’s too much to talk about all in one post.

Here’s what’s in my every day makeup drawer. I don’t use everything all at once but pick and choose depending on how my skin is doing that day. Some of these items I haven’t reviewed yet so I will link to the purchase page of an online store that ships within Canada where you can get more information.

Face Oil: Lavina, Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil

Under Eye Cream: Antipodes, Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream

Primer: Batty’s Bath, Facial Primer

Dark spot concealer: Batty’s Bath, Mineral Concealer in Warm Sand

General concealer: W3ll People, Narcissist Concealer in No 3

Sunscreen: Consonant, Matte Sunscreen SPF 15 & 100% Pure Everywhere Sun Stick SPF 30

Setting Powder/Foundation: Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral Foundation in Burnt Almond

Eyeshadow: Pure Anada, Pressed & Loose Eye Shadows, various colours

Lipstick/Lip gloss: Various Brands: Lippy Girl, Pure Anada, Red Apple Lipstick, Bite Beauty, Marie Natie, Delizioso Skincare

Brow Filler: Pure Anada, Brow Powder in Charcoal

Samples: Currently my samples basket contains Pure Anada Eyeshadow samples, Pure Anada Foundation samples, Delizioso Foundation samples, & W3ll People Concealer samples from Fresh Faced.

Tools: Tweezerman tweezer, Eye lash curler, Eyebrow groomer, lip brush
(these are all generic supplies that you can find in most cosmetic stores so I haven’t added a link for these)

So what’s in your makeup drawer? I’d love to know!


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June/July: Empties

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Leaves of Trees, Coffee Argan Scrub
Read full review here. I’m testing out another scrub right now. I have to say that I keep comparing it to this one which I like soooo much better. The toothpaste-like tube makes it so no muss no fuss. Plus the scent of this scrub is so strong. But I think I’ll try the Grapefruit/Tangerine scent next time.
Cost: $15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1.25 oz
(also available in 110 ml / 4 oz)
Available at:
Leaves of Trees, List of stockists, Fresh Faced
Rating:
5/5

Holistic Vanity, Aloe Kumari Cleanser
Read full review here. This is a nice, gentle cleanser and I think I actually like it better than the Holistic Vanity, Rosewater Cleanser. Will probably repurchase in the future.
Cost: $28.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.38 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Haut Cosmetics, Beige Brightener (sample)
Read full review here. This brightener is multipurpose. It can be used as both a concealer and a highlighter. I’ve been using it as a concealer and a little goes a long way so the sample size is usually perfect for me. I finished my little pot and am trying a different concealer right now but I may repurchase this in the future.
Cost: Sample size: $6.00 CAD
Full size: $29.50 CAD, 4.25 g / 0.15 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 4/5

Haut Cosmetics, Bio Mineral Foundation in Burnt Almond (refill)
Read full review here. I’ve repurchased this foundation many times. Haut now has this available as a refill instead of getting the container with sifter lid every time. I like this idea as the refill option is also cheaper and saves them from having to buy more containers that aren’t needed.
Cost: Refill: $49.95 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
With Container: $59.00 CAD, 10 g / 0.35 oz
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

La Bella Figura, Modern Radiance Concentrate
This stuff is incredibly pricey. Having said that, I bought this bottle in February and gave almost half to my mom to share it with her.  It still lasted me until the end of July. Six months is pretty good, y’all! Looking back, I could’ve just used one pump for my whole face instead of two and then it would have lasted even longer. As for performance, it worked amazingly well at fading my dark spots. Every day the dark spots got lighter until they disappeared. This would be a 5/5 except for the price. Not everyone can afford to lay down so much money for one item. Not sure if I will repurchase this in the future. I’m currently looking to see if I can I find something that works just as well but costs less.
Cost: $169.00 CAD, 30 ml / 1.0 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields, Husk, Eco Diva Beauty
Rating: 4/5

Lily of the Desert, Aloe Vera Gel
No review. According to Adria Vasil, author of Ecoholic, this isn’t the greatest aloe vera gel out there. She gives it a 3 out of 4 rating. Read her article on aloe vera here. But this brand is easily found in most natural food stores. I’ve never heard of or seen Avivir Aloe Gel in any of the natural food stores or online shops I buy from. Anyway, I used this aloe vera gel to make my own leave-in conditioner and hair gel. It works well, but I will be looking for a better aloe vera gel in the future.
Cost: $7.99, 342 g / 12 oz
Available at: Healthy Planet, Nutrition House, Big Carrot
Rating: 3/5

Susdatorium, Conditioner Sampler Set, Hawaii Five Oh and Okra
Winfrey Conditioners

Review to come. I heard about Sudsatorium on twitter and I just had to get some of their products to test them out. I got the conditioner sampler set and a sample size of their Butterfingers hand cream. The first conditioners from the sampler set I finished were the Hawaii Five Oh and the Okra Winfrey. First of all, oh my goodness do these conditioners smell good! They smell very strongly even after my hair dried. I got lots of compliments on how good I smelled while using these conditioners. If you’re sensitive to scents though, these might be too strong for you. Hawaii Five Oh smells like what you would expect, coconutty!  It’s white in colour, smooth in texture and made my hair very shiny. Plus I love the name of this product. Every time I looked at the bottle the theme for Hawaii Five Oh (the tv show) would go through my head. LOL. The next conditioner I finished was Okra Winfrey. Okra Winfrey is a green coloured, somewhat chunky and thick conditioner. I would have liked to see it blended into a smoother texture. My hair smelled very pretty after using this and it also conditioned my hair nicely. Though I found I would still frizz out when the weather got humid. I’ll do a full review of the conditioner sampler set when I’ve used all the 13 sample sizes up.
Cost: $58.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 oz
Available at:
Sudsatorium Etsy Shop
Rating:
 4/5


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March/April: Empties

This past couple of months were full of experimentation for me. Some hits & some misses. Mostly misses. LOL. I’m starting to think I should go back to some of the other things I was using before!

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Afragreen Black Seed Soap
Full review to be posted next week. I liked this soap, but a little iffy about the palm kernel oil. So I’m not sure I would repurchase for that reason. But would definitely check out the other products Afragreen makes to see if anything appeals to me.
Cost: $4.99 CAD, 4oz
Available at: Healthy Planet Canada, Well.ca
Rating: 4/5

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Haut Cosmetics Bio-Mineral Foundation
See full review here. I’ve repurchased this mineral foundation ever since I was first introduced to it through Clean Care. It’s the closest match to my natural skin tone & it also wears really well for a full day of work. This is my HG foundation. Big plus that it’s made by a Canadian company!
Cost: $59.00 CAD, 10g
Available at: Haut Cosmetics
Rating: 5/5

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Now Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender is one of my fave essential oils. Plus it’s great for the scalp & skin. I put this in my DIY Hair Conditioning Rinse & other DIY recipes. The Weir’s Lane lavender essential oil smells different than this one. I’d rather go with Canadian made. So we’ll see how the Weir’s Lane compares.
Cost: $15.99 CAD, 30 ml
Available at: Healthy Planet Canada
Rating: 3/5

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Penny Lane Organics, Hemp Oil
My first time using hemp oil was a mixed bag of results. I liked hemp oil for use on my hair or body. It’s a nice mid-weight oil. But for oil cleansing it didn’t work for me. It just broke me out even more & somehow my skin ended up drier. I won’t be repurchasing this for oil cleansing though I might repurchase for other uses.
Cost: $5.25 CAD, 30 ml
Available at: Penny Lane Organics
Rating: 3/5

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Now Evening Primrose Oil
I find the smell of this oil off putting. It’s a kind of musty smell which I don’t like. So I mixed some tea tree & lavender in to mask the smell. That made it more bearable. Still as a body oil I think there are better oils out there. Grapeseed oil felt nicer on my skin & has no discernable smell.
Cost: $15.88 CAD, 4oz / 118 ml
Available at: Ambrosia Natural Foods
Rating: 3/5

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Dr. Bronner’s Magic Conditioner & Hair Cream, Lavender
I love Dr. Bronner’s castile soap. I was hoping I would like their hair cream as well. It comes out of the pump thick & almost paste-like.  I think it would be good as a hair mask when your hair is really dry & damaged. But it’s too greasy for me to use daily & tends to build up. I also found it hard to wash out when I wanted to get rid of the residue. As for scent, I couldn’t even smell the lavender in this product. This might be better for people with super dry, thick hair but it was a bit too much for mine.
Cost: $7.93 CAD, 177ml / 6 fl.oz
Available at: Saffron Rouge
Rating: 3/5