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Birthday Wishlist + 15% Discount code from White Apothecary!

Hello lovely readers, May is my birthday month. Since birthdays are all about celebration you know I will be treating myself to some green beauty goodies from my favourite retailers. Here are three things I have my eye on at White Apothecary.

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1. Ollie Natural, Face Serum Anti-Aging 40’s-50’s

I’ll be turning 41 soon so it’s important for me to take care of my skin. A good face serum can make a difference in your skin’s hydration and I love trying new serums. Ollie Natural’s serum caught my eye because of the raspberry seed oil which has a natural SPF of 30. Plus the grapeseed oil, and pomegranate oil are nourishing to the skin and high in anti-oxidants, everything that your skin loves.

Cost: $65.00 CAD, 15 ml / 0.5 fl oz

2. Scotch Naturals, Fortifying Base Coat

Help! My nails need a wake up call that spring has finally arrived! A little TLC is needed to revive them and Scotch Naturals looks like it might do the trick. I haven’t tried this brand yet so this will be a brand new eco adventure for me!

Cost: $16.00 CAD, 10.5 ml / 0.4 oz

3. Lippy Girl, Organic Lip Conditioner

Gotta love a vegan lip conditioner made locally (at least for me) in Canada. I’ve tried Lippy Girl before. You can read my reviews about their foundation and lip stick. They also made it to my list for  Top 2014 Best Products.

Cost: $8.00 CAD 4.25 g / 0.14 oz

Well now you know what I’ve got my eye on for my birthday at White Apothecary. What do you have your eye on?

Treat yourself to some green beauty too!
Get 15% off at White Apothecary using the code: EESPRING2015. Code is valid from May 1st to May 31st.

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Product Review: Lippy Girl, Pi Pressed Mineral Foundation


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Ingredients: Zinc Stearate*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zinc Oxide, Ethyl Macadamiate, Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lauroyl Lysine, Malic Acid, May Contain (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Ultramarines (CI 77007)) *Plant Derived/origine végétale

Darcey Diehl, the founder of Lippy Girl kindly sent me two samples of their new Pi Pressed Mineral Foundation. I received Peachy Keen and Golden Child in the mail. It turns out that Peachy Keen is the best match for my skin tone. But while Golden Child is shade lighter, I like to use it as a concealer on my blemishes and under my eyes. Those who are scent averse can rejoice that this foundation is basically scentless. As for texture, I found it a bit dense and hard to get on my makeup brush. But it goes onto the skin nicely and left a smooth matte finish behind. The coverage is medium and buildable to full coverage. I really enjoyed trying out this foundation. It didn’t break me out at all, or cause any reactions which is very common for my sensitive skin. I would definitely consider purchasing the full sized product in the future.

Cost: $ 30.00 CAD, 14 g / 0.5 oz
Available at: Lippy Girl
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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Green Beauty Holiday Gifts For $30 and Under

I’m the kind of gifter that doesn’t like to give people things I haven’t tried before. So here is a list of my favourite holiday gifts to give. I’ve tried all of these at one time or another and can attest to their wonderfulness!


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Olive Authentique Soapsread review

Made in Quebec, this company is a regular at the One of A Kind Show and I picked some soaps up for gift giving. I love their Dead Sea Mud Soap!
Cost: $10.00 CAD, 100 g / 4 oz
Available at: Olive Authentique, Logan & Finley


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Osmia Spot Treatmentread review
For the acne prone this little roll on can be a life saver. So I would this to someone who’s struggling with acne. Who doesn’t want the blessing of clear skin?
Cost: $26.00 CAD, 5 ml / 0.16 oz
Available at: Clementine Fields


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Lavina Barbary Fig Seed Oilread review
I love this oil for it’s richness and hydrating properties. This is also safe for sensitive skinned and acne prone people.
Cost: $29.99 CAD, 10 ml / 0.33 fl oz
Available at: Lavina


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Leaves of Trees Argan Hand and Body Lotionread review
This is a cute little tube of hand lotion that looks like toothpaste! Comes in a variety of scents: Lavender, Frankincense, Orange Blossom, Pink Grapefruit, Rose Cardamom and Unscented.
Cost: $25.00 CAD, 150 ml / 5 oz
$15.00 CAD, 37 ml / 1 oz
Available at: Leaves of Trees, Fresh Faced


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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Shaving Gelread review
For the men in your life whom you’re secretly trying to convert to green beauty products. My hubby uses this and loves it!
Cost: $11.99 CAD, 207 ml / 7 oz
Available at: Well.ca


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Pure Anada Pressed Blush or Eyeshadowread review
For the makeup artist wannabe, you can create a customized magnetic compact full of Pure Anada’s stunning eyeshadows and blushes.
Cost: eyeshadow: $8.00 CAD, 3 g / 0.11 oz
blush: $12.00 CAD, 9 g / 0.32 oz
Available at: Glam Goes Green, The Pure Boutique


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Lippy Girl Lipstickread review
If you know any vegans they will love these lipsticks. Lippy Girl also makes blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss!
Cost: 15.50 CAD, 3.8 g / 0.13 oz
Available at: Lippy Girl, White Apothecary


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Sudsatorium Conditionersread review
Know someone who loves scents and conditioners? This would be the perfect gift! Their conditioners are vegan, cruelty free, and fair trade as well.
Cost: $24.95 CAD, 500 ml / 16.9 fl oz
$16.95 CAD, 250 ml / 8.4 fl oz
$9.95 CAD, 125 ml / 4.2 fl oz
$5.95 CAD, 60 ml / 2 fl oz
Available at: The Detox Market, Sudsatorium

So there you have it, my green beauty gift guide for $30 and under. Hope you enjoy it!


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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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Product Review: @LippyGirlMakeUp

Yahoo! Another Canadian lipstick company! But I’m wondering why most of the organic and natural skincare companies I like are in BC! Maybe I should move there? Anyway, Lippy Girl is a Whistler, BC based company that makes lipsticks, lipgloss and blush! It was founded by Darcey Diehl when she became frustrated with the limited availability of products that are organic, animal friendly and earth friendly. See the Lippy Girl About page for more details. I first bought their lipsticks in May and have been loving them since.

Note: All images except the swatches below are from the Lippy Girl Website.

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Swatches: Vexy Vixen, Son of a Brick and Coral Me Maybe

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Vexy Vixen

Ingredients: Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Joboba) Seed Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vegetable perhydrosqualene, Natural tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil. May Contain: Titanium oxides, Iron oxides

Vexy Vixen is part of the Organic Line of lipsticks. You can’t beat these ingredients. Very clean. I love the play on words that makes this lipstick name: very vixen and sexy vixen. What woman doesn’t want to be thought of as sexy and a vixen? Colour-wise, Vexy Vixen is a vibrant hot pink that is perfect for the spring/summer months. Since it’s quite bright I like to layer it with a slightly darker colour if I want to be more subtle. This lipstick glides on smoothly, is hydrating, and the colour is quite intense. It’s not sheer unless you put very little on and then put a gloss on top. I like that these lipsticks don’t have a flavour per se. That’s great because it doesn’t interfere with the flavours of whatever I’m eating or drinking.

Cost: $15.50 CAD, 3.8g
Available at: Lippy Girl, List of other retailers
Rating: 5/5

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Coral Me Maybe

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Peel Oil*, Tocopherol, may contain (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Tin Dioxide (CI 778161), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Silica *Certified Organic Ingredient

Coral Me Maybe is a nice soft peachy colour and part of the Vegocentric Organic Lipstick Line. Despite the name being coral it doesn’t look like a true coral colour on my lips. To me coral is a bright reddish orange. But anyway, I digress. This colour is a bit too pastel for my skin tone. So I like to layer a colour on top of it. I’m knocking the rating down a notch since the colour doesn’t suit me.  Also the lipsticks are quite soft.  A couple of days after receiving my lipstick it actually broke from the base of the lipstick case. I let Lippy Girl know and they sent me Son of a Brick. Thanks Lippy Girl!

Cost: $23.00 CAD, 3.8g
Available at: Lippy Girl, List of other retailers
Rating: 3/5

 

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Son of A Brick

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Peel Oil*, Tocopherol, may contain (+/-) Mica (CI 77019), Tin Dioxide (CI 778161), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Silica *Certified Organic Ingredient

True to its name, this lipstick is a nice brick red colour. Son of A Brick is also part of the Vegocentric Organic Lipstick Line.  The colour also goes on opaque and smooth. Worn alone this lipstick is punch of solid colour. But you can also layer the lipsticks to get different looks. If you want a more subtle colour it would be best to use this as the base and then perhaps put a lip gloss on top for some shimmer. I’m still exploring Lippy Girl’s colour range so I think I would try a different colour next time. Variety is the spice of life after all!

Cost: $23.00 CAD, 3.8g
Available at: Lippy Girl, List of other retailers
Rating: 4/5

Have you ever tried Lippy Girl? What is your fave colour?