Here are some products and items that stood out to me the past couple of months. Most of them I have used consistently since purchase, so it is only appropriate that I dedicate a blog post to them!
Acure Aromatherapeutic Moroccan Argan Oil (Rose)*
I have an unhealthy obsession with this! It smells so. Damn. Good. One pump is enough to cover my entire face, and sometimes I mix it in with whatever base makeup I decide to wear. It leaves my skin soft, smooth and healthy. (Will be doing a review of the Acure products I received from my previous post [UNBOXING] Natural, Eco-Friendly Goodies)
I have been using this day and night around my eye area, the corners of my nose and smile area, and on the liiiiiight dehydration line on my forehead. It’s been keeping my eyes nicely hydrated and moisturized, and the tight, dry skin around my nose has become bearable. The forehead is the only place I stopped using it because a pimple sprouted there from it, otherwise it has been doing the job of adding extra moisture to needed areas and “fixing” problems!
Charmzone Control Cream Self-Massage
I also have an unhealthy obsession with this product. It removes dead skin cells, clears the gunk in my skin, and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It is unbelievably gentle and my skin always looks good after using it. (Will be doing a full review and demo)
Boscia Charcoal Deep-Pore Cleansing Stick Treatment
I bought this just for fun after watching YouTuber Gothamista’s review on cleansing sticks. Iv’e been using it on and off, and consistently on a week vacation, and it actually turned out to be pretty effective! I noticed the size of my pores minimized significantly after one use, it never made my skin feel tight, and my breakouts were never inflamed. The one thing is it “melts” a bit fast so make sure to be quick with the stick and set it aside upright! (Of course I shall review)
Supergoop Barre to Bar Beauty Set – I bought this for my week vacation down to Cuba and it proved to be a lovely set. The City Serum is light and hydrating, the CC cream matched my skin tone well, and the lip/cheek treat was a nice colour that blended into the skin and lips easily without looking patchy. The only one I’m on the fence about is the mist, because of it’s heavy smell of alcohol, and I haven’t used it enough to know if the SPF is effective. (Full review will be posted after this!)
Another year, and another collection of empties! I’m in the process of decluttering my makeup collection, and I found it also an appropriate time to dig into my empties bag. I must get everything a beauty junkie possibly can out of the way!
This empties post has quite a bit of random stuff, nonetheless hope you enjoy the post and it helps you decide on future purchases!
In November Sappho Cosmetics released their new line “Sappho New Paradigm” into the green beauty world. The Detox Market on King St. was hosting their launch party in Toronto and I just had to check it out!
Canadian makeup artist, JoAnn Fowler, founded the company in 2008. She developed Sappho Cosmetics to provide a green and clean alternative to the toxic, chemically laden commercial brands that are currently on the market.
With summer in full force, some of you might question the best way to do your makeup. It’s hot and can be humid at times. If you’re like me, your skin colour ranges a lot based on how much sun you may get on your days off. And a bonus to us acne-prone, our breakouts may be more inflamed.
This has been a personal feat of mine to try to find a way to get the most natural coverage in full light, while not having to buy multiple different shades to match my skin tone of the day. That’s when I finally discovered RMS Beauty.
RMS Beauty is a raw, natural, organic makeup line created by Rose Mary Swift – someone who’s been in the beauty industry for years and has had enough of the toxic, harmful ingredients in products. You can read about her personal experience with beauty products and the toll it took on her health here.
At the beginning of the year I made a spendy purchase and bought the Josh Rosebrook Deep Hydrating Serum. Josh Rosebrook is well known for having products with pure, organic ingredients with zero toxicity results in his formulas. I was running out of my current facial oil, so I thought this would be an amazing replacement!
The price is quite high ($105 CAD) considering it is a 1oz (30ml) bottle.
I have used it consistently for about 2 months, mostly mornings morning and sometimes night, and now it’s time for a review.
So back on my Green Beauty Haul post, I mentioned the Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths. I’ve seen pictures of these circulate around Instagram, as well as seeing them in one of the natural health food stores I frequently pop into.
I purchased them for $13.49 CAD (before tax, $15.24 after), and wanted to see if they’re worth the splurge for the 30 cloths they provide.
Typically I’m not one for makeup wipes. They sting my eyes, make my skin tingle, leave a slimy residue, or break me out. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased a 7 cloth pack of the Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes for my vacation down south, just to have something easy to remove my eye makeup. I gladly used up the entire thing quickly. It did everything I hate in a makeup wipe! I couldn’t believe it.
Seeing the claims and good ingredients in these facial cleansing cloths, I thought I’d give it a go to see if they prove to be something handy to have on late nights or pre/post workouts.
For the past couple of weeks I made quite a few purchases, all within the realm of green beauty. In my personal experience, natural, good quality ingredients have almost always done wonders for my skin, and always contribute positively to my skin health.
I’ve finished a few products (another Empties coming soon!), so it was time to purchase some goodies to cycle in my routine!
Most of the items are in the beauty category (duh), but there are just a couple of items I’ve included that are just necessary for every day hygiene.
A month or so ago, a friend/colleague of mine messaged me to make one of her closest’s friend a skincare kit. She explained that her friend’s skin has become so inflamed, clogged, and agitated. This girl started wearing makeup, and not removing it properly, leading to more congested pores and breakouts. She receives a ton of compliments at work when she wears makeup though. This made her feel good, but at the same time, like she would never be called pretty unless her acne was covered. Her skin was so bad, her skin started to crack. Money is very tight for this girl, so more expensive products are out of reach. She does not know much about skincare, and doesn’t know where to start with healing her skin.
When I heard this, I thought of myself, and how I used to feel when I was tight on money (where I couldn’t afford a $40 phone bill and a metropass in one month), and how helpless I felt that I would never get clear skin because I was so damn broke. Makeup definitely boosted my confidence, but I also felt like a person that somebody would call a liar/fake for being good-looking if I went makeup-less and showed my bare skin (queue in, “How to Trick People into Thinking You’re Good Looking” by Jenna Marbles). Going through this was a real emotional toll, and it felt like it would never get better.