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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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Product Review: @redapplelipstic

I’ve been hearing beauty buzz about Red Apple Lipstick in the blogosphere, so I decided to see what all the fuss was about. So I did some research and quickly found out that Serenity on the Humber carries these lovely looking vegan lipsticks. I quickly ordered two of the Red Apple Lipstick’s most popular colours: Secrets and Berry Blast. Lisa from Serenity on the Humber was also kind enough to send me samples of Strawberry Lips and Audrey. Thanks Lisa! Note: all images execpt the swatch are from the Red Apple Lipstick website.

@RedAppleLipstic swatches: Audrey, strawberry lips, berry blast & secrets #lipstick

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Swatches: Audrey, Strawberry Lips, Berry Blast and Secrets

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Red Apple Lipstick, Secrets
Ingredients list

Let me first talk about Secrets. On the website it looks like a lovely frosted light pink. It ended up looking very different on my lips. I have to confess, it’s not my favourite colour.  It’s pretty bewidlering because when I put it on my lips it ends up looking like a frosty nude. It’s shows all the creases of my lips which make them look dry.  No, definitely not a good colour on me.

Also, even though lots of the reviews tooted its hydrating properties, I actually found it to be more matte on my lips. So maybe I have the Sahara Desert of lips? I don’t know. The ingredients list is mostly clean though there is Tocopheryl Acetate (skin conditioning ingredient made up of acetic acid and tocopherol) which rates a 3 on EWG’s Skin Deep as having a strong possibility for causing an allergic reaction or toxicity. They also mention that this lipstick may contain: Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Mica, and Iron Oxide, which range from a 1-3 rating with EWG’s Skin Deep. But these are last on the list, so I’m hoping the percentage of these ingredients in the total product isn’t too high. I should also point out that anything from a 1-3 rating on EWG is considered safe. A 3 rating is getting iffy but still manageable. It all depends on your own personal standards. Myself I would rather have every ingredient in a product be a zero or 1 toxicity rating. In an ideal world, that is. Gave this one a lower rating because I didn’t like how the colour looked on me.

Cost: Full size $23.50 USD or $27.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: Red Apple Lipstick, Serenity on the Humber
Rating: 3/5

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Red Apple Lipstick, Berry Blast
Ingredients list

Berry Blast really suits my skin tone. It’s a shimmery reddish brown on my lips. In my mind it’s more of warm neutral red brown than berry-like. I love to wear it on days when I’m wearing lots of pattern or colour in my clothes. The strange thing is, I found Berry Blast more shimmery and hydrating than Secrets and Strawberry lips. Are they formulated differently? One thing’s for sure, Berry Blast has a subtle shimmer and Strawberry lips is more matte. Secrets was way too shimmery on my lips.

Cost: Full size $23.50 USD or $27.00 CAD, 4.5 g / 0.16 oz
Available at: Red Apple Lipstick, Serenity on the Humber
Rating: 4/5

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Red Apple Lipstick, Strawberry Lips (sample)
Ingredients list

I found the colour of Strawberry Lips is quite close to Berry Blast. Obviously, it has more red in its pigment than brown. It’s also more matte than Berry Blast. In colour it makes me think of ripe strawberries. So far, this is my fave colour amongst the lipsticks and samples I got from Serenity on the Humber.

Cost: sample size $3.50 USD
Available at: Red Apple Lipstick, Serenity on the Humber
Rating: 4/5

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Red Apple Lipstick, Audrey (sample)
Ingredients list

Audrey is a matte, soft rosy pink on my lips. I had to do a double take when I first put it on. I usually wear bolder colours so Audrey is more subtle than what I normally use. It wears well as a lipstick. I don’t have to reapply too often unless I’m munching on some food aggressively. J It’s also nicely hydrating to my lips as the other RAL lipsticks are. I’m debating whether to purchase a full size of Audrey or try some different colours. At any rate this is a great colour that would suit a lot of skintypes!

Cost: sample size $3.50 USD
Available at: Red Apple Lipstick, Serenity on the Humber
Rating: 4/5

Overall impression:
For some reason the full sized lipsticks seem more moisturizing than the samples. Maybe because they are in a larger format and made fresher? I’m not quite sure. But I think I might try their lip glosses if they are available in Canada. If the website is any indication, they have a great range of colours. The tricky part will be seeing what I can get in Toronto. It seems that while there’s a lot of buzz about them, they aren’t that well known yet. At least, not as well known as Vapour Beauty, or Ilia. I’m looking forward to trying different lipstick colours from Red Apple Lipstick!

Have you ever tried Red Apple Lipstick? What are your favourite colours?