EMPTIES #3 | Mascaras

As you may have guessed by the title, I will be reviewing some mascaras I’ve “emptied” (or dried up, or never touched again…)

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It’s a bit of a tricky review to do since I can’t apply any of these on my lashes any more, but I’ll do my best to describe the formulations and how my lashes felt (if that makes sense.)

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The Release | Sappho New Paradigm

Hey beauties,

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.

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First Impressions: Kaia Naturals Juicy Bamboo Natural Facial Cleansing Cloths

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Hey beauties,

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.

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I Created a Skincare Kit for a Friend of a Friend

Hey beauties,

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.

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