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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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Watch out Acne! Holistic Vanity is launching a new Acne Care Line

As you all know, I’m a supporter of buying local as much as possible. One of my favourite skincare brands is Holistic Vanity, produced by Pure + Simple. I’ve loved so many of their products and reviewed them on my blog (Damage Care Line, Rosacea Care Line and many more). I was super excited when Pure + Simple contacted me to try the new Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line. I’ve suffered from acne ever since I was a teenager. I was hoping when I got older and ate cleaner that the acne would disappear but it never did. Today my acne is almost non-existent but when that monthly time comes, I still get minor breakouts. The Acne Care Line will launch September 16th at all Pure + Simple locations as well as online. Finally, a skincare line that is effective in combating acne from a local Toronto brand! Here’s proof that you don’t need to put overly strong chemicals on your face (I’m looking at you Proactiv!) to get clear skin.

Acne Care line
Purifying Black Mud Cleanser

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Sodium Laurol Oat Amino Acids (Non-Irritating Surfactant), Decyl Glucoside (Coconut/Corn Derived Cleansing Agent), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Coco Glucoside (Coconut Derived Cleansing Agent) Coconut Alcohol (Non Drying Emulsifier), Glycerin*, Glyceryl Stearate (Plant Derived Emulsifier, Emoliant and Moisturiser), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Sucrose Polysoyate (Natural emolient), Gluconolactone (Fruit Acid) + Sodium Benzoate (Food grade Preservative), Soluble Collagen (Marine Derived), Maris Limus (Black Mud), Xanthan Gum, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.   *Organic ingredients.

This creamy cleanser smells nicely of lemongrass and ylang ylang. I find this cleanser easier to spread on a damp face. You need only a couple of pumps to cover your face. The cleanser washes away cleanly and the lemongrass scent is refreshing. The scent can be a little strong until you get used to it. But once washed away it does dissipate. Black mud is a great ingredient known for its detoxifying and purifying properties. Lemongrass has natural astringent properties and is anti-microbial as well as anti-bacterial. Ylang Ylang is anti-inflammatory and helps to regulate sebum production. Aloe vera and shea butter provide gentle hydrating and moisturizing while also healing the skin. No wonder I like this cleanser so much! For those with super sensitive skin I would advise to use this cleanser sparingly at first to see how your skin reacts. Then if your skin is okay with it you can use it as directed. I used this cleanser during my “time of the month” and got only one large pimple. But that pimple is already disappearing as I continue to treat it with the Acne Care Line.

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

Anti-Bac Pine Mint Skin Tonic

Ingredients: Pinus Sylvestris (Pine)*, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint)*.   *Certified organic ingredients.

Love the super simple ingredients list for this skin tonic. Pine is useful in treating skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis and is anti-bacterial. Peppermint is anti-septic, anti-microbial and can help control oil secretion. I find this tonic a bit too strong for my skin so I like to mix it with the Healing Immortelle Tonic. Still, it’s a wonderful tonic that helps keep my skin matte and calm. It smells great too! The pine and peppermint scents are not strong at all. So this tonic should be okay for those with sensitive noses.

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Clarifying Black Cumin Oil

Ingredients:

Nigella Sativa (Black Cumin) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) OilCertified organic ingredients.

A lovely mellow yellow oil, this one packs some powerhouse ingredients. Black cumin oil is known for nourishing the skin while reducing acne and scarring. It is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Read more about black cumin on the Holistic Vanity blog. Babassu oil is great for healing skin irritations, has cooling properties, and helps to rebalance the skin. I loved that this oil is absorbed into my skin quickly without leaving me feeling like a grease ball. Some oils can tend to sit on the surface of the skin but these did not.

Cost: $43.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Balancing Black Mud Turmeric Lotion

Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed (Jojoba) Oil*, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil*, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes and Water, Glycerin*, Cetyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Lonicera Japonica (Japanese Honeysuckle) Extract, Maris Limus (Black Mud), Sclerotium Gum, Tocopherol, Lemongrass*, Ylang Ylang*, Turmeric*, Petitgrain*.  *Certified organic ingredients.

This lotion is about medium thickness and a soft beige colour. Some of the amazing ingredients from the cleanser are also present in this lotion. I can definitely smell the lemongrass in this lotion as well as the black mud. I didn’t mind it though, as once my skin absorbed the lotion the scent goes away. I also loved this lotion. It kept my skin matte and yet velvety feeling. My skin has been feeling smoother with all of the products in the Acne Care Line so I really can’t complain.

Cost: $50.00 CAD, 100 ml / 3.4 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Overall review:

I predict the Holistic Vanity Acne Care Line will be really popular. So many people suffer from acne and this skin care line will help many people. It’s certainly helped me control my acne breakouts. I’ve noticed that my skin is clearer, smoother and less pimple prone. An intro kit is available for those wishing to try before buying the larger sizes.  Keep in mind though, that you also have to eat cleaner to have better skin. No amount of amazing skin care products will help your skin if you are eating mostly processed foods, lots of animal proteins and GMOs.

**Products provided for consideration but all opinions are my own.


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Detoxifying facial masks for every budget level

Hi all, one of the most common complaints I hear about going eco-friendly is that it can be expensive. Not always! But you do have to know what you’re looking for sometimes. That’s where green beauty bloggers like myself come in. We post product reviews so you can get a better idea of what will work for your skin before spending a whole lotta money.

I’m of the mindset where if it works amazing for my skin I’m willing to spend a bit more. But I also pick and choose where I’m willing to spend more. Not all of the products I use are high end. You can do the same easily. Here are the best options I’ve found for detoxifying masks at every budget level. These products work great for my sensitive, acne prone combination skin type.

High Medium Low
May Lindstrom
The Problem Solver
Pure + Simple
Purifying French Clay Mask
Batty’s Bath
Dead Sea Mud Mask
Read review here Read review here Read review here
TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
TO USE:
Apply to a clean face, let dry and leave on for 20 minutes or longer.
THE GOOD:
Powerfully detoxifying. A little goes a long way.
THE GOOD:
Gentle on the skin, no need to mix with water.
THE GOOD:
Low cost, one ingredient. Great for detoxifying the skin.
THE BAD:
Some ingredients could irritate sensitive skin types. Pricey.
THE BAD:
Not as strongly detoxifying as other masks can be. Thin in texture.
THE BAD:
Could be too drying for some skin types.
COST:
$92.00 CAD, 250ml / 8.5 oz
COST:
$21.95 CAD, 50 ml / 1.0 oz
COST:
$9.00 CAD, 1oz / 30g
AVAILABLE AT:
Fresh Faced, Detox Market Canada
Available AT:
Pure + Simple
AVAILABLE AT:
Batty’s Bath
MY RATING:
4/5
MY RATING:
4/5
MY RATING:
5/5

Have you tried any of these masks?


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Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask and Calming Mask


Pure + Simple, Purifying French Clay Mask

Ingredients: Water, Montmorillonite Clay, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerin, Linoleamidopropyl Phosphatidyl PG-dimonium Chloride (Linoleic Acid Derivative), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Water*, Sucrose Cocoate (Coconut Derived Emulsifier), Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Beta Glucan, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Foraha) Fruit/Seed Oil*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Extract*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract*, Camelia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract*, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Taraxacum Officinalis (Dandelion) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract*, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil*, Cedrelopsis Grevei (Katrafay) Bark Oil, Melaleuca Quinquenervia (Niaouli) Leaf Oil*, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil*, Citrus Hystrix (Combava) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Undecylenoyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Capryloyl Glycine (Amino Acid), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Extract, Lecithin, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum. *Certified Organic

I love simplicity. Using this clay mask is simple and expedient because it’s a moist mask and you don’t need to mix it with water. It comes out of the tube ready to be used. It’s also quite gentle on my sensitive skin despite being a purifying mask. Green clay is the main purifying ingredient in this mask. But the oat beta glucan also assists in reducing blemishes. It smells just lovely. You can definitely smell the green tea, tea tree and rosemary essential oils. The mask is thin and so it dries out quickly. For a more intensive effect, you can layer it on thick and leave it on for a longer period of time. You can also use this mask as a spot treatment for blemishes. Since I do my at home facials once a week, I like to keep a mask on my face for 30 minutes to an hour after it’s dried. I just wish there was a larger size of this mask available so I could cut down on packaging waste.

Cost: $21.95 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 4/5

Pure + Simple, Calming Cucumber Mask

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cassia, Cassia Angustifolia (India Senna) Seed Polysaccharide, Sclerotium Gum Powder, Vegetable Collagen, Morringa Pteygosperma (Moringa) Seed Extract, Leuconostoc (Radish) Root Ferment Filtrate, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Copper PCA, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Distillate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract.

This mask is a super star for rehydrating my skin. I use this mask most often in the winter time to combat the dry winter air and indoor heating. But it’s also great to use in the summer time if you’ve been sunburned. Cucumber and rice are calming and cooling, while sea algae and senna seed extract help to hydrate and plump the skin. In texture the mask is thin, clear, and gel-like. It washes off cleanly and my skin feels smooth and moisturized afterwards. It’s great for sensitive skin as well. I’ve used it at times when I’ve had an allergic reaction to something and need immediate relief.

Cost: $25.25 CAD, 50 ml / 1.6 oz
Available at: Pure + Simple, Glam Goes Green
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Have you ever tried Pure + Simple Products?


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DIY: 5 Step Home Facial Routine

Every woman I know loves a good facial at the spa. Who wouldn’t? We women work hard and a facial is a nice way to treat ourselves to some much deserved pampering. But facials can get expensive. I also find that doing some basic maintenance once a week can help keep your skin in great condition. That way, you can go in and get a facial only when your skin really needs it. Once per change of season is good in my mind. So this is the 5 Step Home Facial Routine I follow to keep my skin in tip top shape.


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  1. Cleanse

I usually do my facial on a Saturday morning so my skin is already clean. But sometimes I do my facials after getting home from work. If that’s the case, then I would remove all of my makeup before doing anything else. I like to double cleanse. I remove most of my makeup with Jane Iredale’s Magic Mitt and then do a second cleanse with a two ingredient cleanser I make at home.


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  1. Steam

A good steam opens your pores and gets all the junk out. I personally steam my face for five minutes or more. The length of the steam depends on the condition of my skin. Steam longer if your skin feels congested or looks dull. If you’re new to steaming or you have sensitive skin, you may want to steam for a shorter amount of time until you get used to it. I use a facial steamer like the one above by Conair. I’ve had this steamer for years. You can buy one at most department stores. I bought mine at The Bay. But it’s also available at Shop.ca and Amazon.ca.

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  1. Mask

Next up is putting on the mask of your choice. This of course depends on what your skin needs. If detoxing, use a clay mask. If your skin is dry a hydrating mask. If you skin is freaking out a calming mask. You get the idea. Let the mask sit on your face for the appropriate amount of time and then wash off with warm water. Above is one of my favourite detox masks by May Lindstrom, called the Problem Solver. Read my empties post on this mask here.


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  1. Exfoliate

After washing the mask off, I like to use an exfoliator. I know everyone says it’s better to exfoliate before you put on the mask. But I actually like to exfoliate afterwards. My skin feels a lot smoother if I use an exfoliator afterwards. Above is a picture of my favourite chemical exfoliator by Pure + Simple. It’s easy to use and gentle on the skin (Read review here).

  1. Moisturize

This is the last step of my home facial routine. After washing the exfoliator off my face I moisturize with a good facial oil like Lavina’s Barbary Fig Seed Oil (Read review here). Then if I’m going out I will put on my facial primer and apply makeup. If I’m staying in I’ll add a facial serum like Pure + Simple’s Pure Skin Face Serum.

That’s it for my home facial routine. What is your home facial routine like?


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Repurchased: @holisticvanity and @Pure_and_Simple

Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic – review

Ingredients: Helichrysum Italicum*
*100% organic ingredients.

After trying other toners and tonics, I’ve decided that the Healing Immortelle Tonic is the best for my skin. It calms & soothes my skin. My breakouts are fewer when I use this tonic. I think I might have found my HG toner!

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Rating: 5/5

Pure + Simple, Refining Peach Enzyme Treatment – review

Ingredients List: Water, Sea Algae Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Ferment Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Extract, Prunus Salicina (Plum) Extract, Hydrolyzed Fucus Vesiculosus Protein (Marine Algae Derivative), Faex (Yeast) Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol + Xylitylglucoside (Natural Sugar Derived Humectants), Saccharomyces Lysate (Yeast) Extract, Sclerotium Gum Powder (Sugar Derived Thickener), Vigna Aconitifolia Seed (Indian Moth Bean) Extract, Sodium Citrate (Citric Acid Salt), Sodium Anisate (Licorice Derived), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract, Rhodiola Rosea (Rose) Root Extract.

Well I have to say, this chemical exfoliator has become one of my faves. It works quickly. You only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. But I usually leave it on for longer. It goes on clear so I can walk around the house and even in the garden without looking like a mud monster. After I wash it off, it leaves my skin super smooth so that when I put my makeup on there isn’t any dry flaky skin. Also it smells great & has never irritated my skin despite repeated use. Wins all around!

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


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Repurchased: Holistic Vanity Tonic and Pure+Simple Peach Enzyme

Holistic Vanity, Rosacea Care, Healing Immortelle Tonic – Review

Ingredients: Helichrysum Italicum
100% organic ingredients.

After trying other toners and tonics, I’ve decided that the Healing Immortelle Tonic is the best for my skin. It calms & soothes my skin. My breakouts are fewer when I use this tonic. I think I might have found my HG toner!

Cost: $26.00 CAD, 100 ml
Available at: Pure + Simple
Brand Origin: Canada
Rating: 5/5

Pure + Simple, Refining Peach Enzyme Treatment – Review

Ingredients List: Water, Sea Algae Extract, Vegetable Glycerin, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Ferment Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow Bark) Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Extract, Prunus Salicina (Plum) Extract, Hydrolyzed Fucus Vesiculosus Protein (Marine Algae Derivative), Faex (Yeast) Extract, Sodium Levulinate, Anhydroxylitol + Xylitol + Xylitylglucoside (Natural Sugar Derived Humectants), Saccharomyces Lysate (Yeast) Extract, Sclerotium Gum Powder (Sugar Derived Thickener), Vigna Aconitifolia Seed (Indian Moth Bean) Extract, Sodium Citrate (Citric Acid Salt), Sodium Anisate (Licorice Derived), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Extract, Rhodiola Rosea (Rose) Root Extract.

Well I have to say, this chemical exfoliator has become one of my faves. It works quickly. You only need to leave it on for 10 minutes. But I usually leave it on for longer. It goes on clear so I can walk around the house and even in the garden without looking like a mud monster. After I wash it off, it leaves my skin super smooth so that when I put my makeup on there isn’t any dry flaky skin. Also it smells great & has never irritated my skin despite repeated use. Wins all around!

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